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Exposed to Asbestos in Florida?

Florida had important industries that used asbestos heavily, and shipbuilding activities using asbestos thrived as water majorly surrounds the state.

How and Where Were You Exposed to Asbestos in Florida?

In Florida, the use of asbestos was widespread in construction and mining industries. Also, five plants involved in asbestos processing operated in the state. People working at power plants, shipbuilding facilities, chemical factories, metal works, and automobile manufacturing and repair facilities were potentially exposed to harmful levels of asbestos.

Cape Canaveral

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Cape Canaveral

541 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
• Cape Canaveral Power Plant
• Complex 37
• Florida Power & Light
• Kennedy Space Center

Clewiston

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Clewiston

21 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Clewiston Power Plant
• Clewiston, Ltd.
• Everglades Sugar Refinery Inc.
• Florida Cane Products Corp
• Southern Sugar Company
• Sugar Mill
• United States Sugar Corp

Crystal River

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Crystal River

234 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Crystal River Nuclear Plant
• Crystal River Units
• Florida Power & Light Company

Fort Lauderdale

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Fort Lauderdale

964 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Air Operational Trng Base
• AT&T/Southern Bell
• Automatic Ventilating Company
• Broward Marine Inc.
• Burdines, Inc.
• Florida Insulation & Fireproof
• Florida Power & Light
• Florida Power & Light Company
• Fort Lauderdale Airport
• Lakeview Siding
• Lancaster Distral Group
• North Brothers, Inc.
• North Brothers, Incorporated
• Port Everglades
• Port Everglades Docks
• Port Everglades Powerhouse
• Sunset Plastering

Fort Myers

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Fort Myers

600 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Fort Myers Power Plant

Gainesville

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Gainesville

134 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Atkins Manufacturing Company
• Baird Hardware Company
• Brock and Blevins
• City of Gainesville
• Danish Bakery
• Deerhaven Power
• Florida Industrial Corp
• Gainesville Gas Company
• Gainesville Power Plant
• Gainesville Regional Utility
• Gen Elec Company
• George L. Simonds
• H F Dutton and Company
• J. Ray Mcdermott
• Koppers Company, Inc
• Municipal Light Plant
• North Brothers, Inc.

Hialeah

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Hialeah

745 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• FEC Hialeah TT
• Miami Mills Inc.
• Seaboard Airline Railroad Company
• T & H Insulation, Inc.

Holiday

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Holiday

599 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Anclote Power Plant

Homestead

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Homestead

372 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Homestead Air Force Base
• Turkey Point Powerhouse
• U S Air Force

Hutchinson

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Hutchinson

207 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Saint Lucie Nuclear Power Plant

Jacksonville

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Jacksonville

539 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• AC & S Contracting & Supply
• Acousti-Engineering Company
• Aerojet Shipyard
• Airco Welding Supply Company
• Alton Box Board Company
• Alton Packaging Corporation
• American Norit Company, Inc
• American Oil Company
• Ameristeel
• Anchor Hocking Glass Corp
• Anheuser Busch Inc
• Anna Dickinson
• Armour and Company
• Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
• Arthur M. Huddell
• Associated Iron & Metal
• Atlantic Coast Line Rr Company
• Atlantic Dry Dock
• Atlantic Firebrick & Supply Company
• Atlantic Ice and Coal Corp
• August Belmont
• Bacardi Bottling Company
• Bellinger Shipyard
• Bigelow Liptak Corp Cushm
• Board of Trustees of Water Works and Improvement Bonds
• Buckeye Cellulose Corporation
• Bush Boake Allen Inc.
• C W Post
• Cameron, Barkley & Company
• Cecil Field Naval Air Station
• Citrus Machinery Company
• City Commission of The City of Jacksonville Fl
• City of Jacksonville Department of Electric and Water Utilities
• City of Jacksonville Talleyrand Avenue Plant
• City of Jacksonville Underground Electric Distribution System
• Cleaners Hangers Company
• CSX Railroad
• CSX Transportation, Inc.
• Cummer Lumber Company
• Department of Welfare Building, Arlington Expressway
• Dept of Elec & Water Utilities
• Dept of Electric & Water Utilities - Kennedy Generating Station
• Dixie Galvanizing & Tank
• Dry Ice Plant
• Duval Ice & Coal Company
• Earl Corporation
• Eastern Seaboard Petroleum Company
• Emergency Generator Units
• Fairfax Station
• Ferry Service Inc. - Tmt Trailer
• Flo-Mach, Inc
• Florida Ice Machine Corporation
• Florida Machine & Foundry Company
• Florida Power & Light
• Florida Smelting Company
• Florida Weather Inc
• Flowers Baking Company
• Francis Asbury
• Fred A Rankin Company Inc
• Frito Lay Inc
• Fruit Growers Express Company
• General Foods Corporation
• Georgia Pacific Corporation
• Gibbs Corp
• Gibbs Shipyard
• Glidden Chemical Company
• Glidden Durkee Company
• Glidden Paint Company
• Grant Wood
• Growers Container Corp
• Gulf Life Tower
• Harold Torsvik
• Harvey Cushing
• Henry Watterson
• Hess Oil Company
• Horne-Wilson Company Incorporated
• Horton J L & Assoc
• HW Lau & Company, Inc.
• Ind Laundry Trop Uniform Rental
• Independent Ice Fuel Company
• J W Allen and Associates
• J. Dillon Kennedy Generating Station
• Jacksonville Electric Authority
• Jacksonville Electric Light Company
• Jacksonville Gas Company
• Jacksonville International Airport
• Jacksonville Linen Service
• Jacksonville Linen Supply Company
• Jacksonville Naval Air Station
• Jacksonville Plant
• Jacksonville Ship Chandlery
• Jacksonville Shipyard
• Jacksonville Street Railway Company
• Jacksonville Water Works
• Jax Ice and Cold Storage Company
• Jefferson Smurfit Corporation
• John H. Swisher and Son, Inc.
• Keene Corp
• Kennedy Generating Station
• Liquid Carbonic Corp
• Longbranch Pumping Station
• Mayport Naval Station
• Mcwilliams Dredging Company
• Merrill Stevens Shipyard
• Metal Container Corporation
• Mid- State Steel & Wire
• Millennium Specialty Chemicals
• Moore Dry Kiln Company
• National Container
• National Container Corporation
• Naval Air Station
• Nelio Chemical
• New York Steam Laundry
• North Brothers, Inc.
• North Side Generating Station
• Norwood Pumping Station
• Oakridge Pumping Station
• Owen Wister
• Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation
• P M Hess Roofing and Sheet Metal
• Petro Chemical Products
• Power Plant 2
• Rawls Brothers
• Residual Oil Terminal
• River Oaks Station
• Saint Johns River Shipyard
• Saint Regis Paper Company
• Scarborough & Green
• Seaboard Airline Railroad Company
• Seaboard Coastline Railroad
• Seaboard Systems Railroad Inc
• South Side Generating Station
• Southern Bell Telephone Company
• Southern Ice Company
• Southern Pine Chemical Company
• Southside Generating Station
• St Johns River Shipyard
• St Regis Paper Company
• St. John Shipyard
• St. Johns River Shipyard
• St. Regis Kraft Company
• St. Regis Paper Company
• Stone Container Corporation
• Talleyrand Power Station
• Telfair Stockton
• Texas Company
• TMT Trailer Ferry Service Inc
• Trumbull Asphalt Company
• U.S. Gypsum Company
• Union Camp Corporation
• Union Camp Paper Company
• Union Carbide Corporation
• Union Company Chemical Plant
• United States Engineers
• United States Navy
• W & O Engineering Company
• W O Engineering Company Inc
• W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
• Weather Engineers Inc

Miami

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Miami

372 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Aerodex
• American Boatbuilding
• AT&T
• Atlanta Linen Supply Company
• Atlas Flooring
• Banana Supply Company
• Belcher Oil Company
• Binker Portland Cement Company
• Bodin Apparel
• City of Miami
• Coconut Grove Incinerator
• Cutler Plant
• Cutler Ridge Power Plant
• Dania Powerhouse
• Eastern Airlines
• Fitzgerald Energy of Florida
• Florida East Coast Railway
• Florida Insulation & Fireproof
• Florida International Engineering Services
• Florida Power & Light
• Gulfstream Racetrack
• Industrial Insulators, Inc.
• International Airport
• International Paper
• Jones Boat Yard Ones Boat Yard
• Jordan Marsh Addition
• L.D. Liewellyn, Inc.
• Lehigh Portland Cement Company
• Linde Air Products Company
• Little River Pub Sid
• Lotspeich Company
• M. Garcia Electric Motors
• Mcintosh & Company
• Merrill-Stevens Drydock
• Miami-Dade Drydock
• Miami-Dade Water & Sewer
• Miami Docks Pier #2
• Miami Electric Light and Power Company
• Miami Intl Airport
• Miami Steam Electric Station
• National Airlines
• Okeelanta Growers & Proc. Corporation
• Overseas Transportation Company
• Pan American Airways
• Pennsylvania Sugar Company
• Porfiri Brothers Construction Company
• Powers Brothers Construction
• Reco Insulation
• Rinker Portland Cement Corp
• Ross Roofing & Heating
• Russell Aluminum
• Southern Utilities Company
• Turkey Point Powerhouse
• United States Army 36Th Street Airport
• United States Army Engineers

Orlando

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Orlando

358 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Acousti-Engineering Company
• Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
• Barr Pls
• Florida Power & Light Company
• Fosgate Citrus Concentrates Cooperative
• L T Jernigan
• Lake Highland Station
• Mccoy Jetport
• Meridith Corporation
• National Linen Service Corporation
• New Smyrna Beach
• North Brothers, Inc.
• Orlando Air Force Base
• Orlando International Airport
• Orlando Power Company
• Orlando Sprinkles
• Orlando Utilities
• Pepper Tree Village
• Perry Construction
• Powerhouse
• Rutland Building
• Saint Cloud Utilities
• Sea World
• Stanton Power Plant
• U. S. Phosphoric
• U.S. Naval Training Center
• Vickery Plastering

Palatka

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Palatka

90 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Florida Power & Light Company
• Florida Pulp & Paper Company
• Georgia Pacific
• Hudson Pulp & Paper Company
• Learning Resources
• Monsanto Chemical
• Offshore Shipbuilding
• Palatka Paper Mill
• Palatka Power Plant
• Putnam Power Plant
• Robshaws Service Center
• Scott Paper Mill
• Southern Marine Corporation
• Tradewell Corporation

Pensacola

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Pensacola

284 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• AC & S Inc.
• Air Products
• Alabama Pulp & Paper Company
• American Can Company
• American Cyanamid Company
• Archer Daniels Midland Company
• Armstrong Cork Company
• Armstrong World Industries
• Ashland Chemical Company
• Bell Steel Company
• Building 8
• Bureau of Yards and Docks United States Naval Air Station
• Chamipon Paper
• Chemstrand Chemical
• Christ Steam Plant
• Crist Plant / Gulf Power
• Crist Power Plant
• Daniels Construction
• Dyson & Company
• E E Saunders & Company
• E.M. Barracks
• Eglin Air Force Base
• Emergency Power Plant
• Escambia Chemical Corporation
• Escambia Treating Company
• Fischer Packing
• Florida Pulp & Paper Company
• Fort Pickens
• German American Lumber Company
• Gulf Chemical Corporation
• Gulf Power & Light Powerhouse
• Gulf Power Company
• Hardaway Contracting Company
• Industrial Marine Supply Company, Inc.
• Key Ford Motor Company
• L & N Siding
• Mobile Plastering
• Monsanto Chemical Company
• Monsanto Textiles Company
• National Buring Packing Company
• National Cork Company
• Naval Air Station
• Newport Industries, Inc.
• Newport News Industrial Corporation
• Pensacola Compress Whse
• Pensacola Naval Air Station
• Pensacola Shipyard
• Rayco Corporation
• Reichold Chemical
• Saint Regis Paper Company
• Saufley Field
• Shook & Fletcher Insulation Company, Inc.
• Southern Utilities Company
• Specialty Contractors
• St. Regis Paper Company
• Stroock & Wittenberg Corporation
• T T Todd
• Tenneco Chemicals Inc
• United States Naval Air Station Corry Field
• Wesco Siding

Saint Petersburg

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Saint Petersburg

1,021 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Bartow Power Plant
• Bay City Engineering Inc
• Bay City Fuel Oil Company
• Bayboro Station
• Florida Power & Light Company
• Florida Power Corp
• Florida Power Corporation
• Micro Plate, Inc.
• Paul L. Bartow Power Plant
• Saint Petersburg Powerhouse

Sneads

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Sneads

26 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013

• Sholz Power Plant

Tallahassee

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Tallahassee

111 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• A.B. Hopkins Power Plant
• Blackburn Insulation Service
• City of Tallahassee Electric Department
• Elberta Crate and Box Company
• St. Marks Generating Station
• Tallahassee Electric Dept
• Tomkins-Beckswith Incorporated

Tampa

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Tampa

689 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Acousti-Engineering Company
• Adamo Insulation
• Aerodyne Investment Castings
• Airetron Engineering Company
• Alafia Lutz Job
• Algerie
• Amienois
• Anheuser Busch, Inc.
• Ap Green Refractories Company
• Ap Green Services
• Artesian
• Badger America, Inc.
• Bay-Con General, Inc.
• Big Bend Powerhouse
• Black Point Powerhouse
• Bucyrus-Erie Company
• Buell Engineering
• Cameron & Barkely Company
• Chemix
• Citro Dry Inc
• Commercial Building
• Consolidated Citrus Products Company
• Continental Can
• Dixie Linen and Uniform Company
• Florida Portland Cement Company
• Florida Power & Light Company
• Florida Steel Corporation
• Gannon Station
• Gardinier, Inc.
• Gaylord Container Corp
• General Portland Cement
• Glidden Durkee Company
• Gulf Brass Works
• Gulf Marine Repair
• Gulf Power Company
• Gulf Tampa Drydock
• Heat & Frost Insulation
• Hendry Corporation
• Herman Sausage Factory Incorporated
• Hookers Point Station
• Hookers Power Plant
• Johns‐Manville Sales Corporation
• Lakeland Power Plant
• Linde Air Products Company
• Mcdill Air Force Base
• Mid-Valley, Inc.
• Misener, Inc.
• Nitram Chemicals, Inc.
• North Brothers, Inc.
• Ocean Shipholdings, Inc.
• Owens-Corning Fiberglass
• Painters Union
• Palmetto Beach Railroad Shop
• Paul Smith Contracting Company
• Phosphate Terminals
• Port Sutton
• Portland Gasoline Company
• Robert J. Clark Tampa Steel Erecting Company
• Rouennois
• Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company
• Sol Walker Scrap Yard
• Stone and Webster Engineers
• Tampa Armature Works
• Tampa Bay Shipbuilding
• Tampa Electric Company
• Tampa Gas Company
• Tampa International Airport
• Tampa Plant
• Tampa Ship Repair & Dry Dock Company
• Tampa Shipyards, Inc.
• Tampa Steel Erecting Company
• Tampa Street Railway and Power Company
• Tampa Tank & Welding
• Tampa Water Works
• Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Company
• Thompson Hayward Siding
• Tiffany Tile Corporation
• TSR Corporation
• U.S. Phosphoric Productions
• Union Carbide Corporation
• West Jackson Street
• Westinghouse Electric

Vero Beach

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Vero Beach

218 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• City of Vero Beach/Vero Beach Station #2
• Municipal Power Plant

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Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Statute of Limitations in Florida

If you or anyone in your family has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, you can file an asbestos claim against your employer, but within the period specified by your state, which is known as the statute of limitations. In Florida, the time allowed for you to file an asbestos claim is four years from the date you become aware of the disease.

Florida's Asbestos and Silica Compensation Fairness Act (ASCFA) states that the statute of limitations for an asbestos claim begins only when the asbestos-related disease is discovered. Taking into consideration the time required for mesothelioma or lung cancer to develop (sometimes even ten years after initial occupational exposure), the rule helps mesothelioma patients receive compensation.

In case a person passes away due to mesothelioma or lung cancer, his/her legal heirs can file the asbestos claim within two years from the date of death. If you do not file your asbestos claim before the statute of limitations expires, you could lose all your rights to receive the compensation you deserve. Therefore, you need to be quick in contacting a lawyer who can help you gather evidence and file the asbestos claim.

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Eligible Conditions for Asbestos Compensation

Workers, veterans, or family members that experienced past asbestos exposure may first notice some minor symptoms, like shortness of breath. They may attribute such symptoms to other causes, like aging. But, the result of medical checks and investigations can show past asbestos exposure in the workplace has led to a current asbestos-associated disease. If you find yourself in this scenario, the help of counsel experienced in representing asbestos cases is essential. Our lawyers will assist you in navigating the legal system and fighting for compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. These are the asbestos diseases approved for asbestos claims:

Lung cancer Mesothelioma Asbestosis Gallbladder Cancer Kidney Cancer Laryngeal/Esophageal Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colon/Colorectal Cancer Ovarian Cancer Pulmonary Fibrosis

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Florida

Current and former residents of Florida diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, and their family members should contact us as soon as possible. The statutes of limitations are only four years from the date of the diagnosis (for personal injury asbestos claims) and two years from the time of death (for wrongful death asbestos claims). In 90% of the cases, we file asbestos trust fund claims rather than going through a lawsuit. Our experienced attorneys will help you with the steps involved in the asbestos claim process.

Bankruptcy trust claims

Asbestos trust funds were set up years ago to pay people that are sick and have been injured by asbestos. However, as asbestos trust funds do not have enough money to pay all asbestos claims fully, they offer a set percentage of the legal demand. But, the funds are typically dispersed faster than in lawsuits. Asbestos trust fund claims are usually handled out of court.

Preparing the claim

The quicker we can get the information from you and get it filed with the asbestos trust funds, the quicker the payment will come. In the beginning, we are on a fact-finding mission, but it's not as intensive as a typical lawsuit would be. It's more of an administrative process.

Gathering the information

Initially what is required from the asbestos trust fund is to prove exposure to that particular's asbestos trust fund product or products and you also have to show that you've been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. First, we will qualify the medical reports. Then, we have to prove how you were exposed: primarily through occupation or secondarily through a family member that you lived with and who worked directly with or around asbestos-containing products. For occupational exposure, you have to tell us where you have worked at and inform us about any products that were in your working environment.

Filing your claim

We make the process simple, and we don't put anything other than the actual necessity on you to provide certain documentation to prosecute your asbestos claim. As soon as we get the necessary information, we can start filing that with the asbestos trust funds and expect payment within a couple of months.

Claim evaluation

Asbestos trust funds usually qualify the asbestos claim and pay it under two processes. "Expedited Review" is based on a minimum set of probable medical and asbestos exposure criteria and applications receive a schedule amount that is not negotiated. "Individual Review" allows for asbestos claim amounts up to a published maximum. Factors that determine the actual amount can include but are not limited to, age at diagnosis, jurisdiction, and the settlement history of your counsel.

Claim payment

Trustees make a determination and decide whether they will or won't pay the asbestos claim. Usually, payment comes within a couple of months, and we can set up a stream of revenue for our clients. You will benefit from a variable continual cash flow which adds up to a lot over time.

At Environmental Litigation Group, P.C., we strive to get you the best asbestos claim results possible. To pay out asbestos claims, asbestos trust funds managers rely on something called case valuation matrix. Case valuation matrix is a document approximating historical settlements values and assigning different values for compensable cancer types. The base dollar amounts vary by state or region because location sets occupational asbestos exposure levels. The table below provides the average settlement values, by disease level, at asbestos trust funds with seven disease levels, as presented in Rand Corporation's report on Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts.

AVERAGE AMOUNTS PAID BY ASBESTOS TRUST FUNDS

Mesothelioma (Level VIII)
$215,000
Lung Cancer 1 (Level VII)
$40,000
Lung Cancer 2 (Level VI)
$20,000
Other Cancer (Level V)
$22,000
Severe Asbestosis (Level IV)
$42,000
Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level III)
$19,000
Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level II)
$8,000

Disclaimer:  Compensation for your asbestos case will be calculated starting from the base calculation matrix, increasing or decreasing the level of compensation according to the specifics of your case. Factors that can affect the value of your case include, but are not limited to, your location, age, work history, pain and suffering, the asbestos products involved in occupational exposure, and expenses related to your illness. Individual cases vary based on such factors, and previous results don't ensure an equal outcome. The factors specific to your case make it difficult to predict its value before you file an asbestos claim. So, determining how much your case is worth can be a complicated process. If you have any questions about settlements and your legal rights, please contact us immediately for a free consultation.

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Why Residents in Florida Choose Us?

Most residents in Florida choose us because of our vast experience and familiarity with the operations of the asbestos companies located in this state. Our dedicated attorneys have a thorough knowledge of Florida asbestos laws and possess the expertise required in representing individuals and families impacted by the deadly asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. We understand the stress and intricacies involved in the legal process of claiming your compensation, and we work hard to help you receive the compensation you deserve. At the same time, our compassionate lawyers help you make informed decisions. As we collaborate with multidisciplinary specialists, we can provide information about the best medical professionals in your area.

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