Florida has seen more asbestos-related and mesothelioma lawsuits than nearly every other state. It’s no wonder: Florida is populous and has long been home to industries like shipyards, ports, and military bases. Because asbestos was used widely in shipbuilding and associated industries, enormous numbers of people were exposed to the risks of exposure to it.
In addition to maritime applications, Florida is also home to countless industrial workplaces that have used asbestos at some point during their history and that may contribute to continuing to put workers at risk. Think chemical plants, manufacturing plants and facilities, power plants, and even construction.
The construction industry has long used asbestos for insulation, among other things. Anyone involved in repairing, renovating, or demolishing dated buildings in Florida could be at risk of exposure to air contaminated by damaged asbestos, which can cause serious health problems.
Because Florida has one of the highest rates of asbestos exposure–related deaths and related lawsuits, the state legislature passed the Asbestos and Silica Compensation Fairness Act (ASCFA). The ASCFA makes it decidedly more difficult for victims and affected families to seek compensation because it changed evidentiary requirements by making those related to medical proof stricter.
The Asbestos and Silica Compensation Fairness Act makes the requirements for medical proof of mesothelioma much more strict. It even forces people living with other asbestos-related illnesses to prove they negatively affect their life.
If you have mesothelioma and want to pursue a claim for damages, one of the best things you can do to make success more likely is reach out to a Florida mesothelioma lawyer. If you do, you will have a powerful ally on your side. Not only will your attorney know what’s necessary to comply with the ASCFA, but they will know the best way to present the claim at every step of the process.
Time Is of the Essence
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should get legal assistance as soon as possible. Florida’s statute of limitations gives victims seeking compensation for injuries related to asbestos four years from the date of diagnosis to file a lawsuit before they’re forever barred from doing so. There are some exceptions, so if you were diagnosed more than four years ago you should still reach out to discuss your case—you might find that you’re still eligible.
Why Choose LJ Law Group?
Seeking compensation for an asbestos-related ailment like mesothelioma typically is complex and lengthy, and it can be overwhelming, especially for someone who’s just trying to take care of their health as best they can. The LJ Law Group has extensive experience with mesothelioma cases and is skilled at recovering fair compensation. Its Florida mesothelioma lawyers will be your advocates. Reach out today for a free case evaluation.