Florida County Sued Over Asbestos-Filled Courthouse

A Florida county courthouse is coming under fire by a number of current and former employees who are bringing lawsuits against the county alleging that the 50-year-old courthouse contains loose asbestos and other toxic substances.

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 19 current and former employees of the Broward County Courthouse have brought personal injury lawsuits against the county alleging that the Fort Lauderdale building made them ill. The culprits for the illnesses they suffer from are mold, asbestos, and other substances that have been left in the building for years and not properly cleaned.

In addition to employees of the building, the lawsuits state that thousands of citizens enter the courthouse on a daily basis.

Broward County commissioners have acknowledged that the building has issues, and agreed in 2009 to replace it with a new $328 million courthouse that has not been fully constructed yet.

In the meantime, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit are requesting financial compensation for the illnesses they are suffering from, medical monitoring from the county for any future illnesses, and for the courthouse to evacuated.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by dangerous asbestos fibers that have gone unmonitored in your workplace, there may be legal action worth pursuing. Contact Sokolove Law today to learn more about pursuing an asbestos lawsuit.