Suing for the Wrongful Death of a Loved One Who Was Exposed to Asbestos in Florida
Gainesville, FL—Asbestos is “a group of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion.”1 While this group of minerals can be found in many products, particularly those used at construction sites, asbestos is considered a health hazard, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and can lead to a person suffering from one or more of the following conditions when they are exposed to it:
- Asbestosis. Asbestosis happens when a person breathes in asbestos fibers which then causes scar-like tissue to build up in the lungs. A person who suffers from asbestosis likely loses lung function and may become disabled. According to OSHA, asbestosis can also cause death.
- Lung cancer.
- Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is one type of cancer that “occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of [a person’s] internal organs.”2 Mesothelioma is considered an “aggressive and deadly form of cancer” that is treatable but cannot be cured.
Because asbestos has been linked to serious health conditions, employers are required to “provide personal exposure monitoring to assess the risk and hazard awareness training for operations where there is any potential exposure to asbestos.” Employers are also required to never allow individuals to work around airborne levels of asbestos that “exceed legal worker exposure limits.”
If the event an individual was exposed to asbestos and passed away as a result, certain surviving family members may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf and recover compensation for the following:
- Loss of benefits
- Loss of care
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
Because employers are aware of the dangers associated with working around asbestos and are expected to meet certain safety regulations, they can sometimes be held liable for the death of an individual if they violated one or more safety standards.
Find Out How Koberlein Law Offices Can Help With Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
When an individual passes away from asbestos exposure in Florida, it isn’t always clear who the liable party is. When a family chooses to hire a Gainesville, FL wrongful death lawyer to help with their case, they will not only determine who is responsible for their loved one’s death, but they will also help the surviving family fight for the financial relief they are due.
Losing a loved one on account of someone else’s negligence isn’t easy to accept and while money cannot bring them back or undo the chain of events that led to their passing, it can help the surviving family afford unexpected expenses that arose. If a family is looking to obtain justice and closure after losing their loved one, they can contact Koberlein Law Offices for legal advice and help.
Koberlein Law Offices can be reached at any of their office locations listed down below:
855 SW Baya Drive
Lake City, FL 32025
118 Ohio Avenue N, Suite A
Live Oak, FL 32064
8443 SW 14 Lane
Gainesville, FL 32607
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