Mesothelioma Claims under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

Our longshore and maritime attorneys are experienced in litigating claims of Mesothelioma (also known as “Meso” or “Asbestos Cancer”) and Asbestosis before the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC) and pursuant to the Jones Act. Our senior partner Howard S. Grossman, is a Florida Bar Board-Certified Workers Compensation Emeritus Specialist, an AV-Rated Attorney and a seasoned trial lawyer with more than twenty-four years experience.

According to the DLHWC, Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber, which has multiple industrial uses due mostly to its binding and heat retardant properties. From early on in World War II, industrial use of asbestos fiber products increased dramatically in the U.S. As a result it has been estimated that as many as eleven million living Americans have received some occupational exposure to the various asbestos mineral fibers.

About 2/3 of all asbestos was used in the construction industry, particularly in ship construction, since asbestos is effective in insulating boilers, steam pipes, hot water pipes and nuclear reactors. Thus, many persons employed in shipyards have been exposed to asbestos. In addition, exposure may occur during the maritime transportation of asbestos, both on board ships and in ports.

Mesothelioma, once an extremely rare human cancer, has been observed in significantly increased incidence in recent years. It is estimated that 85 to 90 % of all diagnosed Mesotheliomas are directly due to asbestos exposure. The majority of these patients were employed in an industry that involved the use of asbestos in some fashion. In addition to occupational exposure, household exposure of family members is not uncommon. An exposed individual can carry the asbestos particles on their clothing, skin, and even in their hair when they return home, resulting in para-occupational exposure. Even brief exposure to asbestos, such as from washing clothing, as little as one to two months, can result in long-term consequences for family members. Although though the dangers of asbestos have been known for decades, the 30 – 40 year latency period of Mesothelioma means that most of the patients were already exposed as far back as the 1950s. It is estimated that up to eight million Americans have already been exposed. Several industries, in particular, such as boat builders, shipfitters, stevedores, diesel mechanics and other longshoremen, show a higher incidence of asbestos exposure:

Specifically, Mesothelioma is defined as uncommon disease that causes malignant cancer cells to form within the lining of the chest, abdomen, or around the heart. Malignant Mesothelioma is also known as Asbestos Cancer or "Meso." These malignant cancer cells can also metastasize (spread) to other areas of the body. It is important for seamen and longshoremen to note that Mesothelioma is very difficult to diagnose and responds poorly to most treatment methods, which accounts for a poor prognosis. Therefore, it is critical that they treat with a pulmonologist and oncologist experienced in treatment of Mesothelioma as soon as possible.

It is critical to file your claim prior to the running of a statute of limitations. If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or Asbestosis, contact our lawyers at 1-800-99-MARITIME or e-mail us at howard@grossmanattorneys.com for a consultation free-of-charge. Cases are handled on a contingent fee basis. No attorney’s fees or costs charged to client, unless a recovery is made for the client.

Our Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, Jones Act and Defense Base Act attorneys represent stevedores, marine machinists, firewatchers, shipfitters, boiler coverers, crane operators, boat builders, heat treaters, electricians, diesel mechanics, insulator’s helpers and all longshoremen and harbor workers who suffer from Mesothelioma (also known as meso or asbestos cancer) due to exposure to asbestos while working and family members. Our longshore act law firm represents longshoremen in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama and can help longshoremen and defense base act workers with Mesothelioma throughout the U.S. with their Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. From our law offices in Florida we represent clients who suffer from Mesothelioma in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Aventura, Cypress Creek, Pompano Beach, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville, Panama City, Port Canaveral, Port of Jacksonville, Port of Miami, West Palm Beach as well as those who were exposed to asbestos in Port of Brunswick, Port of Savannah, Port of South Louisiana, Port of Jacksonville, Port of New Orleans, Port of Mobile in Alabama, Port of Miami, and all shipyards throughout the United States including the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Bath Iron Works, Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Bollinger Shipyard, Daddell Dry Dock, Charleston Navy Shipyard, Consolidated Shipyard, Defoe Shipyard, Gulf Shipbuilding, Kaiser Shipyard, Lake Union Dry dock, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Naval Station Newport, Philadelphia Shipyard, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and Swan Iron Shipyard.