Many Florida companies may have exposed workers to asbestos over the last 60 years because asbestos was commonly found in equipment, insulation, and construction materials. When asbestos fibers become airborne, they may be inhaled by nearby workers. This exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer that often spreads silently for many years. In some cases, symptoms may not surface for decades, until the cancer has reached an advanced stage. By the time mesothelioma is finally diagnosed, patients have an average life expectancy of only 12 to 21 months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 45,221 people died from malignant mesothelioma between 1999 and 2015.
While asbestos deposits do not occur naturally in Florida, large quantities of asbestos have been imported into the state and used in construction and numerous other industries. Due to decades of asbestos use, 1,968 Florida mesothelioma patients died between 1999 and 2013. Many workers exposed to asbestos decades ago are now coping with a devastating mesothelioma diagnosis. If you were ever employed by any of the following Florida companies, you may be at risk of developing asbestos-related mesothelioma:
Florida’s power companies have used asbestos as insulation against heat and electricity. Companies known for using asbestos include: Bradenton Steam Electric Station, Cutler Ridge Power Plant, Crystal River Nuclear Plant, Dania Powerhouse, Deland Electric Light Power and Ice Company, Fitzgerald Energy of Florida, Florida Power and Light, Jacksonville Electric Authority, Jacksonville Electric Light Company, Lakeland Power Plant, Miami Electric Light and Power Company, Miami Steam Electric Station, Southern Utilities Company, and Turkey Point Powerhouse.
Asbestos has long been used in the construction and repair of shipping vessels. Florida workers may have been exposed to asbestos at the following companies: American Boatbuilding, Atlantic Dry Dock, Hendry Corporation, Jones Boat Yard, Merrill Stevens Drydock, Miami Dade Drydock, Miami Docks Pier Number 2, and Tampa Bay Shipbuilding.
Asbestos has been used in the construction of numerous Florida hotels. Facilities known to contain asbestos include: Breakers Hotel, Castaways Hotel, Di Lido Hotel, Diplomat Hotel, Doral Hotel, Eden Roc Hotel, Florida East Coast Hotel Company, Fontainebleau Hotel, Four Ambassadors Hotel, Harbor House North, Hillsboro Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Holiday Inn, Hollywood Beach Hotel, Hotel Alba, Pier 66 Hotel, Polynesian Hotel Disney World, Ponce De Leon Hotel, Robert Meyer Hotel, and Tampa Bay Hotel Company.
Many Florida hospitals were constructed with materials that contained asbestos. Hospitals that may have exposed their workers to asbestos include: Alachua General Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Broward General Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Hollywood Memorial Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Indiana River Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, J. Hillis Miller Hospital, Lakeland Memorial Hospital, Lebanon Hospital, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Moncrief Army Hospital, Monroe Memorial Hospital, Mount Park Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, North Shore Hospital, Orlando Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, Saint Anthony’s Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Saint Vincent’s Hospital, Seville Hospital, Shands Hospital, Tampa Bay Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa International Airport, Tampa Memorial Hospital, Tampa Municipal Hospital, United States Army General Hospital, United States Naval Hospital, Veterans Administration Hospital, and West Florida Hospital.
Mesothelioma Treatment and Support
Treatment. Comprehensive treatment of mesothelioma demands the expertise of experienced cancer treatment professionals. Top medical providers for the treatment of mesothelioma in the state of Florida include:
- Moffitt Cancer Center. Located on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, this facility is a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. Moffitt Cancer Center offers 13 different clinical programs for the treatment of many types of cancers, and the hospital has partnered with 370 affiliate physicians across the state. Mesothelioma is treated through Moffitt’s Thoracic Oncology Program. Scott Antonia, M.D., is the department chair of the Thoracic Oncology Department.
- Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. This cancer center is affiliated with the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. It is the only South Florida facility designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has 250 physicians offering the latest treatments, including state-of-the-art surgical procedures, non-invasive radiation therapies, immunotherapy, and photodynamic therapy. Alan Livingstone, M.D., is a surgical oncologist at this facility.
- Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. The team of radiation oncologists and surgeons at this facility offer cancer patients a multidisciplinary approach to care and treatment. Serving more cancer patients than any other health system in Florida, these medical professionals provide state-of-the-art research, diagnosis, and treatment. Mark Socinski, M.D., specializes in all thoracic malignancies, including mesothelioma.
- University of Florida Health Shands Cancer Hospital. This facility is the premier academic cancer center in the southeastern United States. Experienced medical professionals offer evaluation and personalized management of patients with cancers of the lung, including mesothelioma. John Hiemenz, M.D., is an oncology specialist at this facility.
Counseling and support. Patients and their families are often comforted by the connections they form with others who can empathize with their cancer battle. There are several groups offering support and counseling in the state of Florida:
- Community Palliative Consultants in Jacksonville - 904-407-7700
- Live for Today Foundation in Jacksonville - 904-619-9071
- Florida Counseling Centers in Melbourne - 321-259-1662
Contact Our Experienced Mesothelioma Attorneys
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma in the state of Florida, there are time limits on your ability to pursue compensation. Following your diagnosis, you have four years to pursue a personal injury claim. If you’ve lost a loved one due to mesothelioma, you have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim. The attorneys at Neblett, Beard, and Arsenault can provide experienced representation to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Since we represent clients on a contingency fee basis, you won’t need to pay for our legal services until we have settled your claim. Our fee is based on a percentage of your settlement, so we can offer the experienced representation you need with no upfront cost. To learn more, contact us online or call our office directly at 318.588.6303.