Mesothelioma cancer is deadliest of the asbestos caused diseases, but there are many others. asbestosis, lung cancer, COPD and chronic bronchitis are additional diseases that can be traced back to asbestos exposure. Florida residents who have developed an asbestos related disease have a number of legal options available to them. Our attorneys are familiar with Florida’s state rulings on mesothelioma cases as well as the applicable federal statutes and rulings.
Individuals who have suffered as the result of asbestos exposure can file a liability claim against one or more of the asbestos companies that have set up trust funds to compensate those that have been injured. Another option is filing a lawsuit against a former employer who manufactured products containing asbestos or who allowed asbestos exposure in the workplace. The third option is filing several legal actions, which is what thousands of Florida residents have chosen to do.
Florida Mesothelioma Lawsuits
The term “asbestos lung cancer? generally refers to mesothelioma, a lethal malignancy for which the only known cause is asbestos. The initial symptoms are usually shortness of breath, a persistent cough and tightness in the chest, followed by pleural effusion.
A few facts:
• Mesothelioma has a latency period of twenty to fifty years. You may have recently developed asbestos cancer from a job you left decades ago.
• About 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed annually in the U.S. despite the fact that asbestos products were taken off the market in the 1970s and 1980s.
• Because of the long latency period mesothelioma is often not diagnosed until the disease has developed to a late stage.
• The courts in most states understand the urgency of a mesothelioma lawsuit and often will help expedite it. Florida’s courts are generally reasonable about an attorney’s request for rapid action.
Asbestos Claims in Florida
Florida Power and Light has many power plant locations, jobsites that traditionally have proven to contain large amounts of asbestos insulation – including the nuclear sites at Crystal River, St. Lucie and the Turkey Point plant in Titusville. There are paper mills in Fernandina Beach and chemical plants in Bartow including one belonging to W.R. Grace, a company that reached agreement on an asbestos liability claims fund just weeks ago in January of 2009. These are just a few of the Florida locations where job site exposure was likely.
National Experience with Asbestos Compensation
Asbestos claims are often filed against more than one company in more than one state. The regulations can vary – however our attorneys are familiar with the claim requirements for every liable asbestos company that has set aside funds to pay claims. We can provide a quick analysis of your case and get the necessary legal work in motion quickly – at no charge. Read more about how to to find the right Asbestos lawyer as well as recent Mesothelioma case settlements in addition to lawsuits for Mesothelioma.
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