July 20, 2019

Asbestos

Florida Asbestos Attorneys

Asbestos is a toxic fibrous material that has been used for countless years in many industries, including building construction, the military and plumbing and electrical. Florida residents are among the highest victims of the asbestos related condition, mesothelioma. Our Florida asbestos attorneys have extensive experience handling asbestos exposure claims throughout Florida.

Asbestos FibersModern asbestos use began around the turn of the 19th century, when the fire retardant, sound absorbing and tensile properties of the mineral group was discovered. Asbestos is a group of minerals in the silicate family that are fibrous and can be found in many mining locations, most notably in Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Canada and Brazil.

In 1989, the Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule was adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which limits the use of asbestos in most circumstances. This is limited in comparison to many other countries, including the European Union and Australia, which have banned the substance outright.

The EPA has also placed limits on the amount of long fibers (≥5μm) legally allowed to be in drinking water, though many would argue that these limits are not stringent enough. Currently, the concentration limit is seven million fibers per liter of drinking water for long fibers. Additionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set limits of 100,000 fibers with lengths greater than or equal to 5 µm per cubic meter of workplace air for eight-hour shifts and 40-hour workweeks.

Many believe that these limits are not stringent enough. Florida workers and citizens should not be exposed to these toxic materials, even in very small concentrations. Although prolonged and high concentration exposure to asbestos has been shown to increase the risk of mesothelioma, even minimal exposure has been shown to lead to mesothelioma.

Our Florida asbestos attorneys are experienced in mesothelioma litigation and will fight alongside countless others for stricter regulations on asbestos and for the rights of those who have developed mesothelioma. If you or a loved one lived or worked in Florida has developed mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced Florida asbestos attorneys by emailing or calling 1-877 LOSS RECOVER (567-7732) today for your free case evaluation.