As a coastal city, Miami became the site of a booming shipbuilding industry in the early 1900. Shipyards, but also many other Miami job sites and industries used asbestos prior to the 1970s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations limiting them. Thousands of Miami workers were put at risk for developing dangerous diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis as a result.
If you or someone you love suffers from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify for substantial compensation. We invite you to fill out our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in your Miami, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more.
Miami and Asbestos Facts
- Miami-Dade County had the fourth highest number of asbestos-related deaths in Florida between 1999 and 2013.
- The county’s death toll from asbestos causes was 745 during that period.
- Several shipyards in Miami contributed to asbestos deaths in the area. Other contributors included Bendix, a brake manufacturer, and Nabi pharmaceuticals.
Shipyards Associated Asbestos Use in Miami
Miami’s economy once relied on the shipbuilding and repair industry. Ships at one time used asbestos in nearly all components, putting workers at risk of exposure. Shipyards associated with asbestos, in Miami include:
- Miami Shipbuilding Corporation
- Jones Boat Yard
- Miami-Dade Drydock
- American Shipbuilding
- Merrill Stevens Drydock
Bendix Brakes and Asbestos
The shipbuilding industry is among the heaviest users of asbestos in the past, but not the only one. Bendix, a company that manufactured vehicle brakes, used asbestos in its parts. The asbestos helped to reduce friction and overheating in components.
In 2008, a Miami jury ruled against Honeywell International, the parent company of Bendix, after a former employee sued the company. Stephen Guilder worked for Bendix during the 1970s and 1980s. Several years later, Guilder was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, which stemmed directly from his prolonged exposure to asbestos while working as a mechanic for Bendix.
Guilder’s health declined rapidly and the trial was expedited, resulting in a $24.1 million victory for Guilder. The total includes pain and suffering, as well as future lost income. In addition, his wife and three children were awarded $7.1 million, which was factored into the total amount.
Asbestos at Nabi Pharmaceuticals
Another area job site resulted in a huge monetary award for a victim of asbestos exposure. Charles Thornton worked at Nabi maintaining equipment made by GEA Mechanical Equipment. Centrifuges and other machinery used in the labs contained asbestos in some parts. While doing maintenance work on them Thornton was exposed and ultimately developed mesothelioma. His lawyers recently helped him recover a jury award of $70 million.
Other Job Sites Associated with Asbestos in Miami
Several other Miami businesses and buildings have been associated with asbestos, including:
- Jackson Memorial
- Mt. Sinai
- St. Francis
- Miami VA
- Miami High School
- Palmetto Middle School
- Holmes Elementary School
- Martin Luther King Elementary School
- Tropical Elementary School
- Riviera Middle School
- Coral Gables High School
- Miami Springs High School
- Miami Beach High School
- University of Miami School of Medicine
- Northwestern High School
- Delido Hotel
- Diplomat Hotel
- Doral Hotel
- Eden Rock Hotel
- Fontainebleau Hotel
- Hollywood Beach Hotel
- Holiday Inn Miami
- Miami Herald
- Miami Electric Light & Power
- Dadeland Shopping Center
- Miami Beach Convention Center
- Miami International Airport
- Miami Steam Electric Station
- Turkey Point Power House
- Pabco Packing Company
Asbestos in Miami-Dade Schools
Around 1978, several schools in the Miami-Dade Public School District began experiencing asbestos fibers floating through the hallways. Many students from area high schools were transferred while crews worked to secure the problems.
In 1988, asbestos issues surfaced again and hundreds of elementary school children were transported to different schools while the air quality was tested. More than half of the schools tested in 1988 showed positive signs of asbestos.
Getting Medical Help in Miami
Mesothelioma and other asbestos illnesses require specialized care. Seek out physicians who are experienced with these types of diseases.
The following are among a few of the Miami area comprehensive cancer care physicians recommended by the National Cancer Institute (NCI):
- Thomas Sellers, Ph.D., M.P.H., 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612, Main: 813-745-4673 (813-745-HOPE)
- Dao Nguyen M.D., 1475 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida, 33136, 305-243-1000
- Mark Dylewski M.D., 6855 Red Road, Coral Gables, Florida, 33146, 786-662-7111
Getting Legal Help in Miami
If you’ve been injured by asbestos, there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for considerable compensation. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. If you have questions or need assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540.
Page Reviewed and Edited by Florida Mesothelioma Lawyer Rebecca S. Vinocur, P.A.
Rebecca S. Vinocur heads up her own mesothelioma law firm based in Coral Gables, Florida. A graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, Rebecca has over twenty years of mesothelioma law practice in the state of Florida. She uses her experience and knowledge of asbestos litigation to fight on behalf of asbestos victims who are battling mesothelioma and other related illnesses.