Mechanic shop workers at risk for mesothelioma from automobile brakes and
In recent news about the dangers of asbestos exposure, a graveside subpoena
has kept a New Jersey automobile mechanic who died of mesothelioma from
being laid to rest.
Reportedly, the automobile mechanic's remains are the object of a tug-of-war
in a lawsuit over his mesothelioma disease.
The 67-year-old retiree died claiming his mesothelioma was caused by the
automobile brake linings he
installed at his father's auto shop in the late 1950s and early '60s.
He sued two automobile giants and the lawsuit was due to go to trial this
However, his sudden death delayed the trial and one of the automobile
defendants went to court demanding access to the body for tissue tests, and
managed to get a court order the day of his funeral to prevent his burial.
The problem is the court order came down while the funeral was already in
Reportedly, the family, though, said the lawsuit has been in the works for
more than a year and that the automobile mechanic underwent a painful biopsy to
provide a tissue sample from the pleural lining of his cancer-ridden lungs while
he was still alive.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, mechanics
should assume that all brakes have
Worn non-asbestos-type brake shoes cannot be readily distinguished from
asbestos-type shoes, the agency points out.
If a mechanic assumes incorrectly that a shoe is a non-asbestos-type and
fails to utilize brake dust control procedures, increased asbestos exposure may result.
For this reason, the government requires that mechanics must be trained in
the correct and most effective way to use the control system selected by the
facility manager or owner.
The danger of increased exposure to asbestos as the result of improper work
practices should be explained.
Many car mechanics have come forward to say their work environment led to a
diagnosis of mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer from asbestos.
If this has been your experience, our asbestos lawyers may be able to help you
receive compensation for your health problems.
For over two decades, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. has handled some of the most
legally complicated and groundbreaking asbestos litigation in the country,
winning many millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements along the
Men and women diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure or secondary
exposure may be entitled to compensation from the companies responsible for
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