Posted On: September 6, 2013

Asbestos and Mesothelioma Claims in Hollywood, Florida

Many Florida buildings – including many buildings in Hollywood – contain asbestos because this man-made fiber was once considered an effective building material. In addition, Florida was a center for asbestos processing, with about 109,949 tons of asbestos shipped to Pompano Beach, Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, Boca Raton, and Tampa for processing. Unfortunately, it was eventually found that asbestos causes cancer and is a very hazardous material.

If you have asbestos in your home, you may not be at risk if the asbestos is covered and undamaged. However, moving the asbestos (during home renovations, for example) can cause a fine dust which can be dangerous. In some cases, it can be difficult to tell whether the asbestos in your home is dangerous or not. Is it damaged? Are you being exposed to asbestos at work? In most cases, the only way to tell is to ask experts to check your home for this material.

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If you have been exposed to asbestos, it often takes decades for cancer to develop. If you suspect that you have been exposed to asbestos at one time, you will want to speak with your doctor. If you have symptoms, he or she may refer you to a specialist known as a Pulmonologist for testing.

Unfortunately, in most Mesothelioma cases in Hollywood, patients only discover the illness after they already have the symptoms. In many cases, patients don’t even know that they have cancer and may not know that they were exposed to asbestos decades ago.

A Mesothelioma diagnosis is tragic because in many cases there is simply nothing that can be done. This is a form of cancer that often does not respond well to treatment. If a patient has been the victim of misdiagnosis in Hollywood, especially – an all too common occurrence, unfortunately -- they may only find out about their diagnosis late, when very little can be done.

In cases of Mesothelioma in Hollywood, who is liable? In some cases, it is simply a terrible tragedy. However, in some cases this type of cancer is caused by negligence. For example, a workplace may have been negligent in conducting repairs or providing a safe environment. In addition, the manufacturers of the asbestos may have been negligent in providing the building materials after it was known that asbestos causes cancer. It is possible to seek compensation from liable parties in your case.

Unfortunately, deciding whether you have a case and even figuring out liable parties can be difficult in Mesothelioma cases, because there is such a long period of time between the exposure and the diagnosis. In addition, it can be difficult to determine whether medical malpractice in Hollywood contributed to a late diagnosis. To get answers, it is a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney in Hollywood. A personal injury attorney can review your case, help you understand your rights, investigate your situation and represent you if you decide to seek compensation. If you are having insurance issues in Hollywood – because your medical insurance refuses to pay for your cancer treatment, for example – you can also get advice about this from an attorney.

If you are looking for a Mesothelioma attorney in South Florida, contact the Flaxman Law Group. The Flaxman Law Group is a full-service law firm with offices right in Hollywood. Contact the Flaxman Law Group today for a free consultation with a compassionate personal injury lawyer.