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Nicknamed the “City of Oaks and Azaleas”, Bartow was founded in 1851 and is the county seat of Polk County, Florida. The city can be found near the source of the Peace River, approximately 39 miles east of the Tampa Bay area and 50 miles southwest of the Greater Orlando area. Bartow grew rapidly throughout the 1870s and 1880s and on July 1, 1882, the community that had been known variously as Fort Blount, Peace Creek, and Reidsville changed its name to Bartow and became an incorporated city. Current driving sectors in Bartow’s economy include government, mining, agriculture, and tourism.

Since the discovery of phosphate rock in 1881, phosphate mining has been a huge factor in Bartow’s success and growth over the years. The Bartow area is the richest source of phosphate in the world and provides 75% of the United States’ supply and 25% of the world’s supply. As a result numerous mining, chemical and agricultural companies have operated facilities in the area, including Ashland Chemical Company, Electric Phosphate Company, American Cyanamid, Armour Agricultural, Morris Fertilizer Company, and Farmland Industries. Growth throughout most of the 20th century was slow-going for Bartow, as much of the land was owned by phosphate mining companies. Residential development was impractical in the community up until the late 1990s when many operations moved southward. Currently, the city is taking on a major development project that includes plans for new homes, commercial space, three schools, and a golf course. Bartow’s population is expected to grow to over 45,000 residents once the development project is completed.

We have confirmed that Bartow has several jobsites where exposure to asbestos has occurred. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos cancer, scroll down to see a list of mesothelioma doctors near Bartow, Florida. Mesothelioma lawyers may also be able to assist you if you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos in Bartow.

01. Exposure Sites

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Bartow

If you worked at any of these companies and/or job sites in Bartow, Florida, you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma cancer.

  • American Cyanamid
  • Armour Agricultural Chemical
  • Armour Mine
  • Ashland Chemical Company
  • Big Ben Powerhouse
  • C.F. Industries
  • Chemicals Inc.
  • Electric Phosphate Company
  • Farmland Industries
  • Grace Mines
  • International Mineral & Chemical
  • International Minerals Corporation
  • Morris Fertilizer Company
  • Phosphoric Acid Plant
  • Swift & Company
  • W.R. Grace & Company
02. Doctors

Find a Mesothelioma Doctor near Bartow, Florida

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100-mile radius of Bartow, Florida. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Tawee Tanvetyanon
Moffitt Cancer Center
Magnolia Campus
Tampa, FL 33612

Dr. Lary A. Robinson
Moffitt Cancer Center
Magnolia Campus
Tampa, FL 33612

Dr. Alberto A. Chiappori
Moffitt Cancer Center
Magnolia Campus
Tampa, FL 33612

Dr. Eric Toloza
Moffitt Cancer Center
Magnolia Campus
Tampa, FL 33612

03. Cancer Centers

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Bartow, Florida

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100-mile radius of Bartow, Florida. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, areas of expertise and how to contact the cancer center.

MD Anderson Cancer Center, Orlando
The Rod Taylor Thoracic Care Center
Orlando, FL 32806

04. Support Services

Cancer Support Services Near Bartow, Florida

While receiving treatment, mesothelioma patients may find a need for temporary lodging, patient transport, physical therapy or counseling. We have compiled a list of these cancer support services near Bartow, Florida for your convenience.

Florida Treatment Support Services
Counseling & Support Groups
  • Florida Counseling Centers 
    (Melbourne)
    321-259-1662
Long-Term Housing
  • Joe’s House
    (Statewide)
    877-563-7468
Patient Transport
  • WeCare Medical Transportation 
    (Tampa)
    813-874-1300
  • Medical Transport Services 
    (St. Petersburg)
    800-687-0607
  • Florida Medical Transportation 
    (Lake Mary)
    407-260-1230
Physical Therapy
  • Moffitt Cancer Center 
    (Tampa)
    888-MOFFITT
  • Florida Hospital Cancer Institute 
    (Orlando)
    407-303-1700
05. Filing a Lawsuit

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Bartow, Florida

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos at a commercial, residential or military site in Bartow, Florida, you may be entitled to compensation. Don’t lose your right to file a claim. You must act quickly and file your claim within the appropriate statute of limitations for the state of Florida.

06. Law Firms

Asbestos Law Firms Servicing Bartow, Florida

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national law firm recognized for its representation of over 3,000 hardworking men and women who have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma. ELSM’s experience in asbestos litigation spans four decades.

Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.

At The Gori Law Firm, we have handled hundreds of mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of people throughout the United States. This experience allows us to choose jurisdiction in which to file your case based on many factors including but not limited to state of residence, jobsites, and previous and current employers.

Simmons Hanly Conroy

As one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, Simmons Hanly Conroy has a proven track record. Every mesothelioma lawyer at the firm is committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.

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Written by

Linda Molinari Editor in Chief

Linda Molinari has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and advocate for mesothelioma patients and a ban on asbestos.


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Jennifer Lucarelli Legal Advisor and Contributor

Jennifer Lucarelli is a partner at the law firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, specializing in asbestos litigation.


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Nicknamed the “City of Oaks and Azaleas”, Bartow was founded in 1851 and is the county seat of Polk County, Florida. The city can be found near the source of the Peace River, approximately 39 miles east of the Tampa Bay area and 50 miles southwest of the Greater Orlando area. Bartow grew rapidly throughout the 1870s and 1880s and on July 1, 1882, the community that had been known variously as Fort Blount, Peace Creek, and Reidsville changed its name to Bartow and became an incorporated city. Current driving sectors in Bartow’s economy include government, mining, agriculture, and tourism.

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