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Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits in Florida

Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits and Claims

Asbestos is a silent killer. Millions of American workers were exposed over the years and never warned about the dangers. There is no “safe” level of exposure to asbestos. Any exposure at all means a higher risk of getting an asbestos-related disease during your lifetime. Symptoms can take decades to develop. You or your family could be eligible for a settlement from an asbestos trust fund or through litigation.

File a Claim with an Asbestos Trust Fund

Asbestos trust funds allow victims to file a claim for compensation through the trust instead of suing the company.  Compensation applies to all types of asbestos-related illnesses. 

There are about 60 trust funds currently in existence with an estimated $30 billion available to compensate victims. About $20 billion has already been paid out. This money is subject to a statute of limitations, which changes with each specific trust fund.

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit

People who are not eligible for a trust fund settlement have the option of litigation. There are two main types of lawsuits you can file in asbestos litigation: Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.

Personal Injury Lawsuit for Asbestos Exposure

You can file a pesonal injury lawsuit against the company responsible for your asbestos related disease. Asbestos victims can seek compensation for cancer treatments, home health aides, and medical devices. Victims can also receive lost income related to their illness and treatment travel expenses.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Asbestos Exposure

The estate of a person who has died from mesothelioma can file a wrongful death claim. Survivors can seek compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost income.

Statute of Limitations

It is vital to file a claim as soon as possible. Statutes of limitations set a time limit to file a lawsuit, typically about two years after an asbestos related disease is diagnosed or a victim passes away. However, the statute of limitations varies by state. The victim may have anywhere from 1 to 4 years to file a claim. In the case of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit, the window begins on the day of the victim’s death. That’s why it is vital to contact an attorney with mctlaw right away after diagnosis or death.
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Our Qualifications to Represent You in an Asbestos Exposure Case

We Are Nationally Recognized Trial Attorneys

Our attorneys represent people across the entire United States. We are not local personal injury attorneys. We are a medical product liability law firm with decades of experience in Federal and State courts all over the country. We have the experience you need to navigate corporate trust fund settlements, government agencies, negotiations, or a jury trial.

We Represent People with Medically Complex Issues Every Day

Asbestos cases are NOT simple personal injury cases. Your attorney must have an understanding of complex medical issues involving carcinogens, immunoresponse, and knowledge about the actual products that triggered  cancer, mesothelioma, or other complications from asbesos exposure. The asbestos team at mctlaw helps clients every day with rare and complicated medical diagnoses. We thouroughly review clients’ medical records to find evidence to support their claims.  

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral mined from the earth that is toxic to people exposed to it. It’s been used for decades because of its heat resistance and strength under tension. Despite the dangers of asbestos, it is still mined used in many products today.

Who is Most at Risk for Asbestos Exposure?

People most at risk and with the heaviest exposure to asbestos worked in asbestos industries like shipbuilding and insulation. Also at risk are factory workers who worked in factories where asbestos was present. 

Those worker’s family members were also exposed to high levels of asbestos because fibers were brought home on the worker’s clothing, then inhaled by everyone inside the home. 

US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) estimates more than a million American workers in construction and industries face significant exposure to asbestos on the job today.

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Types of Asbestos Exposure Lung Diseases and Cancers

MESOTHELIOMA

This is a deadly form of cancer directly linked to asbestos exposure. It affects the thin linings of the organs in the chest (pleura) and abdomen (peritoneum). Mesothelioma typically takes decades to develop and the risk of developing mesothelioma does not lessen over time. Bottom line: once you are exposed, the risk lasts a lifetime.

LUNG CANCER

Those who have inhaled asbestos fibers can have an increased risk of lung cancer. In fact, the greater the exposure to asbestos. Overall, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States and is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, making up nearly 25% of all cancer deaths.

ASBESTOSIS

This is another condition linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestosis is a progressive, long term, non-cancer disease of the lungs which causes inflammation and scarring. Those diagnosed with asbestosis are at an increased for certain cancers, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. There is no cure right now for asbestosis and it can take years to develop after exposure.
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OTHER TYPES OF CANCER

There are clear links between workplace exposure to asbestos and cancers of the larynx (voice box) and ovaries. Exposure may also be linked to cancers of the throat, stomach, colon and rectum.

Find Out Now if You Have an ASBESTOS Claim

Your case review is free. There is a statute of limitations, so don’t wait.

Where is Asbestos Found?

While most U.S. companies stopped using asbestos in the 1980’s, materials containing asbestos remain in millions of older buildings. Workers in home and commercial renovation face exposure.  Asbestos can be found in all kinds of products and places we are exposed to every day.

Insulation

Some Types of Drywall

Roofing Shingles

Vinyl Floor Tiles

Hot Water Pipe Insulation

Car Brakes and Clutch

Schools

Factories

Ships

Furnaces

Various Forms of Piping

High-Risk Jobs for Asbestos Related Diseases

Steelworkers

Ironworkers

Union Laborers

Boilermakers

Electricians

Steamfitters

Pipefitters

Millwrights

Sheet Metal Workers

Insulators

Carpenters

Plasters

Auto/Truck Mechanincs

Molders (Plastics)

Navy Veterans (Machinist Mates, Fireman/Boilermen and Shipfitters

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/asbestosis

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/asbestos.html

https://www.epa.gov/asbestos

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