According to a study by the Environmental Working Group, Florida has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related deaths in the nation. Florida is ranked second and follows closely behind the top spot, California.
Prior to 1975, asbestos was a commonly used construction material. It was in homes, schools and offices across the nation. Workers in the industries of construction, mining, milling and fireproofing had daily firsthand exposure to the toxic material, and often tracked it home to their families. There were few immediate side effects to asbestos, but the long-term repercussions are massive. For example, many workers have suffered from asbestosis.
Asbestosis is a lung disease caused by breathing in asbestos fibers. After the initial asbestos contamination, the disease can take decades to appear. Symptoms include chest pain, persistent coughing and shortness of breath. Asbestosis by itself is not deadly, but it is a chronic condition without a cure. It also increases the risk of lung cancer.
In Florida, victims of asbestos exposure can file a lawsuit against the parties responsible for the contamination. However, the lawsuit must be filed within the statute of limitations. This means within four years of the date the victim knew or should have known of the asbestos-related condition. It is not based on the date of the exposure.
If you’re the victim of an asbestos-related disease, a chemical exposure and asbestos attorney can help you obtain compensation for the costs of your medical care, your lost wages or income and your pain and suffering. At the Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A., our team has the knowledge and experience to hold the wrongful parties accountable.