Automobile mechanics who work on car brakes are
at risk for developing mesothelioma
In recent news about the occupational dangers of exposure to asbestos dust and fibers, a Broward jury awarded a $3.6
million judgment to a woman suffering from mesothelioma caused by
The woman, who is just 57, was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year, a disease she claims
was caused by the asbestos-filled
brakes at a Ford dealership she worked at during the '70s.
According to court papers, she was also exposed at home since her husband did brake-repair
Many brakes and clutches used
in new and recent model automobiles do not contain asbestos.
However, according to Occupational Safety & Health Administration, it has
not been totally eliminated.
Reports indicate that many mechanics and employees in the automotive repair
shops as well as do-it-yourselfers are unaware that asbestos may be present in
both old and replacement brakes and clutches.
The Environmental Protection Agency says since some automotive brakes and
clutches available or in use today may contain asbestos, professional automotive
technicians and home mechanics who repair and replace brakes and clutches may be
exposed to asbestos dust.
Brake and clutch dust can be seen when a brake disk, drum, clutch cover, or
the wheel is removed from a car, truck, or other equipment.
There are also many small dust particles that cannot be seen with the
If the brakes contain asbestos, the dust may contain asbestos fibers, which
could be inhaled.
Thousands of brakes 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
If you would like a free consultation or more information
about your legal options, please complete the form on this page, and a
representative of our law firm will
contact you as soon as possible.