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Prolonged asbestos exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Workplace and military asbestos exposure in Florida has been and continues to be a serious problem. As treatments for these conditions can be very expensive, you may wish to consult a local lawyer or law firm who can help you get compensation and hold responsible companies accountable for their negligence.

01. Laws and Regulations

Florida Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Florida has a number of state laws related to asbestos, including air quality regulations, asbestos removal programs, and asbestos litigation.

Asbestos Litigation in Florida

In 2005, upon feeling pressure due to the number of asbestos-related lawsuits that have been filed in the state, the Florida legislature passed the Asbestos and Silica Compensation Fairness Act (ASCFA) with the intention of reducing the amount of litigation being brought into state courts. This is still the primary law regulating asbestos litigation in Florida. The ASCFA created specific guidelines around several aspects of asbestos litigation in Florida, including a physical impairment requirement, proof of eligibility, a two-disease rule, and liability limitations.

Asbestos Safety Regulations in Florida

In line with federal asbestos laws and regulations, Florida has passed a law adopting the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) put forth by the EPA. In addition, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) oversees an asbestos abatement program, codified in Chapter 62-257 of the Florida Administrative Code. In particular, these state regulations apply to renovations and demolitions of certain facilities. When performing such renovations or demolitions, contractors must comply with the standards provided by the Florida Administrative Code. According to the DEP, there is no exclusion date, so even recently constructed buildings must follow the protective asbestos guidelines set forth in the state code.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

Florida Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace

Hundreds of commercial and military work sites throughout Florida have exposed unsuspecting workers to asbestos. We have listed below some of the most egregious jobsites and employers who have been named as defendants in mesothelioma lawsuits filed in Florida.

Commercial and Military Asbestos Exposure in Florida

  • Cape Canaveral

    • Kennedy Space Center
  • Crystal River

    • Crystal River Nuclear Plant
  • Fernandina Beach

    • Rayonier
  • Jacksonville

    • Anheuser Busch Inc
    • Bellinger Shipyard
    • Cecil Field Naval Air Station
    • Jacksonville Naval Air Station
    • Mayport Naval Station
    • Saint Regis Paper Company
    • University of Florida
  • Miami

    • Florida Power & Light
    • International Paper
    • Miami Beach Convention Center
    • Miami Dade Drydock
    • Miami Intl Airport
  • Orlando

    • Walt Disney World
  • Palatka

    • Florida Power & Light Company
  • Pensacola

    • Chemstrand Chemical
    • Florida Pulp & Paper Company
    • Monsanto Chemical Company
    • Pensacola Naval Air Station
    • St. Regis Paper Company
  • Tampa

    • Florida Power & Light Company
    • Florida Steel Corporation
    • Lakeland Power Plant
    • Tampa Shipyards, Inc.

In addition to the list above, asbestos exposure has occurred at many other locations in Florida as well. If the site where you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos is not on the list above, contact an attorney to see if the job site in question had a history of exposing workers to asbestos.

03. Lawsuits

Florida Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Florida residents living in the following towns and cities have filed mesothelioma lawsuits to protect their rights and seek compensation from manufacturers and distributers of asbestos.

  • Altamonte Springs, FL
  • Anna Maria, FL
  • Auburndale, FL
  • Avon Park, FL
  • Belleview, FL
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Boynton Beach, FL
  • Bradenton, FL
  • Brooksville, FL
  • Bunnell, FL
  • Cape Coral, FL
  • Casselberry, FL
  • Clearwater, FL
  • Clermont, FL
  • Cocoa, FL
  • Coral Springs, FL
  • Cortez, FL
  • Crystal River, FL
  • Dade City, FL
  • Davenport, FL
  • Daytona Beach, FL
  • Debary, FL
  • Deerfield Beach, FL
  • Del Ray Beach, FL
  • Deland, FL
  • Delray Beach, FL
  • Deltona, FL
  • Dowling Park, FL
  • Dunedin, FL
  • East Lake Weir, FL
  • Edgewater, FL
  • Englewood, FL
  • Eustis, FL
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Fort Pierce, FL
  • Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Frostproof, FL
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Green Cove Springs, FL
  • Gulf Breeze, FL
  • Gulfport, FL
  • Hernando, FL
  • Hialeah, FL
  • Hobe Sound, FL
  • Homosassa, FL
  • Interlachen, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Jensen Beach, FL
  • Jupiter, FL
  • Lady Lake, FL
  • Lake City, FL
  • Lake Mary, FL
  • Lake Suzy, FL
  • Lake Worth, FL
  • Lakeland, FL
  • Lakeworth, FL
  • Land O Lakes, FL
  • Land-o-Lakes, FL
  • Lauderdale-bythe-Sea, FL
  • Lecanto, FL
  • Leesburg, FL
  • Lithia, FL
  • Lutz, FL
  • Melbourne, FL
  • Merritt Island, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Miami Gardens, FL
  • Miami Springs, FL
  • Milton, FL
  • Naples, FL
  • Neptune Beach, FL
  • New Port Richey, FL
  • Niceville, FL
  • Nokomis, FL
  • North Port, FL
  • Oakland Park, FL
  • Ocala, FL
  • Odessa, FL
  • Oldsmar, FL
  • Orange Park, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Ormond Beach, FL
  • Palm Beach, FL
  • Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Palm City, FL
  • Palm Coast, FL
  • Palm Harbor, FL
  • Panama City, FL
  • Pembroke Pines, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Perry, FL
  • Plant City, FL
  • Plantation, FL
  • Point Charlotte, FL
  • Point Hernando, FL
  • Pompano Beach, FL
  • Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  • Port Orange, FL
  • Port Richey, FL
  • Port Saint Lucie, FL
  • Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • Riviera Beach, FL
  • Rockledge, FL
  • Safety Harbor, FL
  • Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Salem, FL
  • San Antonio, FL
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Satellite Beach, FL
  • Sebastian, FL
  • Sebring, FL
  • South Daytona, FL
  • Southport, FL
  • Spring Hill, FL
  • St. Augustine, FL
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Stuart, FL
  • Summerfield, FL
  • Sun City Center, FL
  • Sunrise, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Tarpon Springs, FL
  • Tavares, FL
  • The Villages, FL
  • Titusville, FL
  • Valrico, FL
  • Venice, FL
  • Vero Beach, FL
  • Weeki Wachee, FL
  • Wesley Chapel, FL
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Wimauma, FL
  • Winter Park, FL
  • Zephyrhills, FL
04. Settlements

Florida Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts

As a reference point, we have provided below a sampling of settlements achieved on behalf of Florida residents who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace.

  • $9.4 MILLION: Household/Air Force – 53 years old
  • $7.1 MILLION: Navy Worker/Operating Engineer – 65 years old
  • $5.8 MILLION: Army/Laborer – 72 years old
  • $5.7 MILLION: Navy – 68 years old
  • $5.3 MILLION: Navy/Mechanic – 77 years old
  • $4.4 MILLION: Navy/Boilerman – 53 years old
  • $3.9 MILLION: Carpenter/Trimmer/Mechanic – 65 years old
  • $3.6 MILLION: Household/Office Worker – 80 years old
  • $3.2 MILLION: Teacher – 74 years old
  • $3.0 MILLION: Navy Worker – 78 years old
  • $2.8 MILLION: Laborer/School Worker – 74 years old
  • $2.8 MILLION: Machinist Mate/Dry Cleaning Repair – 80 years old
  • $2.8 MILLION: Welder – 50 years old
  • $2.7 MILLION: Merchant Marine/Stationary Engineer – 86 years old
  • $2.7 MILLION: Pipefitter – 74 years old
  • $2.6 MILLION: Navy Worker – 76 years old
  • $2.6 MILLION: Household – 71 years old
  • $2.6 MILLION: Sheetmetal Worker/Construction Worker – 67 years old
  • $2.5 MILLION: Navy/Plantworker – 59 years old
  • $2.5 MILLION: Household – 76 years old
  • $2.4 MILLION: Plantworker – 82 years old
  • $2.4 MILLION: Dry Cleaner – 77 years old
  • $2.2 MILLION: Navy/Housing Mgt – 74 years old

Note: Every case is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact a reputable Florida lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.

05. Law Firms

Florida Mesothelioma and Asbestos Law Firms

The following law firms have lawyers who specialize in handling mesothelioma cases. These firms either have offices in Florida or have filed lawsuits on behalf of Florida residents. They have knowledge of asbestos companies that have unknowingly caused exposure to asbestos to unsuspecting workers.

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national mesothelioma 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.

06. Filing Deadlines

Florida Mesothelioma Filing Deadlines

Once diagnosed, a mesothelioma victim has a limited amount of time to file a mesothelioma lawsuit in Florida. For individuals who die from this aggressive cancer, their surviving family members also have a limited period in which to submit a claim. The table below outlines the specific personal injury and wrongful death statutes of limitation in the state of Florida.

Florida Statute of Limitations
Personal Injury

4 years after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

2 years after death from mesothelioma

To avoid missing a filing deadline, one must begin to gather evidence and file a claim quickly. The best way to do so is to hire a lawyer who is experienced with asbestos-related claims. Failing to act before the statute of limitations runs out could result in a loss of the right to compensation for you or your family.

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