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A Broward County jury awarded more than $20 million recently to a man and his wife after the husband was exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma in Florida. Mesothelioma lawyers at The Ferraro Law Firm — which serves clients in Florida, New York, Washington D.C., and nationwide — were able to secure the large verdict on behalf of the victim and his family.
In this case, the 61-year-old man was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2008 after spending years working in an environment that contained Union Carbide Corp. asbestos.
The Ferraro Law Firm’s Juan Bauta argued that the man was exposed to the asbestos while working with Georgia Pacific’s joint compound, which contained Union Carbide asbestos. The victim did the work in 1974 and 1975. He never saw any warning labels on the buckets of Georgia Pacific joint compound and didn’t know it contained potentially harmful asbestos.
“It is remarkable to me that Union Carbide did not attempt to try to settle this case rather than put the Garrisons through more than two weeks of intense trial,” said Bauta, who acted as lead counsel. Attorney Case Dam, also of The Ferraro Law Firm, assisted in the victory on behalf of another mesothelioma victim in Florida.
Asbestos exposure can lead to a diagnosis of mesothelioma years and sometimes decades later, which makes it a unique form of cancer, for which there is no cure. Someone could have worked at a factory or older building or by using common products such as car brakes, piping and insulation that contained asbestos without knowing it.
For years, buildings and parts were built by using asbestos, which companies later discovered was harmful to employees. Yet getting it out of their factories and buildings is expensive. In many cases, businesses put their profits ahead of their employees’ safety, exposing many to asbestos. Now retired, they get the terrible diagnosis. Regardless of where a patient lives when diagnosed with mesothelioma, he or she should immediately seek the qualified legal representation of an experienced mesothelioma law firm.
This victim was exposed in the 1970s and wasn’t diagnosed until 2008. But once diagnosed, the median lifespan is only 12 months, an especially quick time frame for a cancer that takes so long to manifest itself through its common symptoms.
Typical symptoms are heavy coughing, chest pain, fluid build-up and other respiratory problems that can often be confused with other sicknesses. It is important to visit a doctor who specializes in mesothelioma if you experience the symptoms of mesothelioma and believe you may have unknowingly been exposed to asbestos in a prior job.
Asbestos isn’t regularly used in the United States anymore. But it still remains in many older products and buildings, including schools and apartments. It is widely known that asbestos is dangerous. Yet many officials have ignored the warnings.
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Frequently Asked Questions: Mesothelioma & Asbestos
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a carcinogenic, naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Known for its heat resistance and durability, asbestos has historically been used in insulation, construction materials, automotive parts, and shipbuilding materials.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is made up of small shard-like fibers that can easily become airborne when disturbed. If inhaled or ingested, these fibers can embed within the lining of the lungs, heart, stomach, or testes where they can cause cancer to form years or decades later.
What are asbestos-related diseases?
Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until decades after exposure.
What are the different types of mesothelioma?
Three of the most common types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma.
What are common mesothelioma symptoms?
Common symptoms of mesothelioma include difficulty breathing and chest pains. Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the stomach, may cause abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal pain, and nausea.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a preventable form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the U.S. military or while working in construction, mechanics, or a similar field, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact The Ferraro Law Firm for a free legal consultation.
What is the life expectancy for someone with mesothelioma?
There is no cure for mesothelioma. However, patients can receive treatments for mesothelioma that may extend their initial prognosis with proper treatment. Those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma usually have a life expectancy that is greater than three years, though a large part of this depends on the stage the patient is diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the longer the life expectancy and chance of long-term survival.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should immediately seek long-term medical treatment. After that, you should contact our firm to examine your legal rights. Since 1985, The Ferraro Law Firm has represented individuals with asbestos-related diseases and pursued fair compensation on their behalf. Our firm is one of the top five law firms in the U.S. handling mesothelioma and asbestos cases.