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Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits in Florida

Mesothelioma Lawsuits and Settlements from Asbestos Exposure

If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, you should immediately find out your options for compensation. The payout amounts can reach into the millions of dollars depending on the claim and the situation.

Two Types of Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Personal Injury Lawsuit – Those diagnosed with mesothelioma can file a Personal Injury Lawsuit against the company or companies behind asbestos exposure. Wrongful Death Claim – This type of claim is filed by the estate of a person who has died from mesothelioma. Surviving family members can seek compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost income.

Statute of Limitation for Mesothelioma Claim

It’s important to know about the Statute of Limitations involving these mesothelioma lawsuits. These are the windows of time available to file a lawsuit, typically 1 to 3 years depending on where you live. In a Personal Injury Lawsuit, the Statute of Limitations begins after a mesothelioma diagnosis. For a Wrongful Death Claim, it begins at the time of death. That’s why it’s so vital to file a claim as soon as possible.

Statistics about Mesothelioma and Asbestos exposure

  • About 3,000 mesothelioma cases are diagnosed each year
  • Millions of people have been exposed to mesothelioma causing asbestos.
  • Only 40% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma survive at least one year.
  • The average age at diagnosis:  72 years old
  • 8 out of 10 people with mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos
  • It typically takes between 20 to 50 years from first exposure to mesothelioma diagnosis.

File a Claim for Mesothelioma Trust Fund

Trust funds allow mesothelioma victims to file a claim for compensation through the trust instead of suing a 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.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer in the thin layer of tissue that covers many of our internal organs. The most common type related to asbestos exposure (about 75% of cases) is the lining of the lungs and chest wall (pleural). Less common is the lining of the abdomen (peritoneal).

Causes of Mesothelioma

The most common cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. This happens most often in the workplace, but asbestos exposure can also take place at home and in the military. A person can inhale or swallow airborne asbestos fibers. Those fibers can lodge in the lining of the lungs and abdomen. Over time, tumors form which lead to a mesothelioma diagnosis.

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Mesothelioma Symptoms

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever, night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling of face and arms
  • Trouble swallowing

Who is Most at Risk for Mesothelioma

  • People who worked at an asbestos mine or processing plant
  • People living near an asbestos mine or contaminated site
  • Construction workers or those in heavy industry
  • Military members who served on ships or at facilities built with asbestos-containing materials
  • Those exposed during home or commercial renovations

Find Out Now if You Have a Mesothelioma 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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