Mesothelioma Attorneys by State > Florida
St. Petersburg is a populous city in Pinellas County with a population size exceeding 250,000 residents. The city’s early years helped the city develop with a reliance on developing the city’s waterfront and port facilities. Once the railroad and automobile spurred American growth and the possibility for faster travel, tourists propelled the city to become the largest city in Pinellas County.
Over the history of St. Petersburg’s development, it is an unfortunate fact that residents and workers were exposed to the harms of asbestos.
Why Is Asbestos Harmful?
Asbestos was widely used at industrial and construction jobsites for its tensile, durable properties and heat/chemical resistance. This usage continued throughout most of the 20th century, until asbestos use was eventually banned based on overwhelming evidence that asbestos exposure harms humans.
Today, we now know that asbestos exposure can cause the following fatal diseases:
- Asbestos-related lung cancer
Of these, Florida has been hit particularly hard by malignant mesothelioma. This aggressive form of cancer is caused by an individual ingesting or breathing in the microscopic asbestos fibers once they are disturbed.
For this reason, workers at asbestos jobsites and veterans have been most at risk for mesothelioma, but even residents of old homes built with asbestos-containing materials could be exposed to the harms of asbestos.
However an individual is exposed to asbestos, mesothelioma generally progresses the same way. An individual swallows or inhales asbestos fibers that enter the body and begin to slowly mutate body’s cells within the body cavity. This slow progression can take decades, ending only once the cells have mutated into cancerous mesothelioma cells.
At this stage, the disease progresses rapidly and often takes a mesothelioma victim’s life. Florida has suffered the 2nd-most malignant mesothelioma deaths in the nation, behind only California.
St. Petersburg, too, has suffered from asbestos exposure and mesothelioma deaths.
St. Petersburg Asbestos Exposure
Known asbestos jobsites that exposed St. Petersburg workers and residents to asbestos include:
- Bartow Power Plant
- Bayboro Station
- First Federal Savings & Loan Association
- Florida Power & Light Company
- Florida Power Corporation
- Saint Petersburg Powerhouse
- St. Anthony’s Hospital
These jobsites have contributed to findings that more than 1,000 Pinellas County lives are estimated to have been lost to asbestos-related deaths between 1999 and 2013. As one of Pinellas County’s most important cities, St. Petersburg losses have contributed to a Florida county that has the 2nd-highest estimated number of asbestos-related deaths over this period.
Victims of a wrongful asbestos exposure who received a mesothelioma diagnosis should talk to a St. Petersburg mesothelioma attorney to find out whether legal compensation is deserved.
Talk to a St. Petersburg Mesothelioma Lawyer
The Ledger Law Firm protects the legal rights of asbestos victims by pursuing legal compensation when a wrongful exposure causes a victim’s mesothelioma diagnosis. Our team will investigate the facts of your case and build a case entitles you to compensation once a victim’s mesothelioma is proven to be caused by a responsible party.
Contact us online today to receive the funds you are entitled to under Florida law.
Mesothelioma treatment centers in Florida:
The treatment of mesothelioma is often difficult as it is often diagnosed at very late stages. This is why it is crucial to get a mesothelioma screening done if you have worked at any of the above mentioned jobsites. Florida has many treatment centers for mesothelioma. These include:
CCOP-MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTER
MESOTHELIOMA TREATMENT SECTION
4306 ALTON ROAD
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA 33140
DIVIDION OF CARDIO-VASCULAR AND THORASIC SURGERY
H. LEE MOFFITT CANCER CENTER AND RESEARCH INSTITUE
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
MESOTHELIOMA TREATMENT SECTION
12902 MAGNOLIA DR.
TAMPA FLORIDA, 33612