For decades, asbestos was among the most popular types of insulation in America, due to its effectiveness and exceptional fire retardant properties. It was used in everything from construction to shipbuilding.
Little did the public know, however, that long-term exposure to asbestos could lead to an aggressive form of lung cancer called mesothelioma.
Now, decades after the widespread use of asbestos has been discontinued, men and women throughout Florida and Orlando who worked in industries where the substance was used are still being diagnosed with the disease.
The lingering effects of asbestos means that years later, mesothelioma diagnoses are still occurring, and some companies may still even be using it.
No one should have to have their health or their life taken from them after having worked hard for so many years. That is why the attorneys of Morgan & Morgan are dedicated to helping victims of mesothelioma and their families throughout Florida hold the companies that manufactured asbestos accountable.
Contact us for your free consultation today.
Who is Liable for the Harm Caused by Asbestos Exposure?
Most people who have gotten sick from asbestos exposure received that exposure on the job. Because workers’ compensation laws generally prevent injured employees from suing their employers, it most often is the manufacturer that must be held liable.
Determining whom the appropriate manufacturer is can be a challenge. Mesothelioma can take years to manifest. Many victims are retired or have moved on to other employment. The place of employment where the exposure occurred may have gone out of business.
Fortunately, our Florida mesothelioma attorneys are exceptional at chasing down these leads.
While many asbestos manufacturers have since gone out of business or declared bankruptcy, some have been required to set up bankruptcy trusts to continue to compensate people diagnosed with mesothelioma from exposure to their products.
Our attorneys know the procedures for dealing with these trusts and can help victims and their families get their fair share.
Other Options for Mesothelioma Victims
If a civil suit against the manufacturer is unfeasible for whatever reason, there are some other options available. Because asbestos was widely used in ships and submarines, mesothelioma is unfortunately common among veterans of the United States armed forces, particularly the Navy.
For this reason, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers special compensation for victims of mesothelioma exposed during military service, as well as their families.
Further, workers compensation can also offer relief for victims of on-the-job asbestos exposure. While traumatic injuries are much more common, Florida’s workers compensation act does provide coverage for occupational diseases caused by exposure to environmental factors in the workplace.
Victims of Mesothelioma in Florida Need Legal Advocates
Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. This means that if you are diagnosed with this disease, you need to investigate your legal options. Our asbestos attorneys at Morgan & Morgan have counseled victims and their families throughout Florida.
We know the options that are available and what evidence is required to succeed. Call us today at (407) 420-1414 or request a free case analysis online to learn what options you have after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Our attorneys are ready to help.