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 asbestos-filled brakes.
According to court papers, she was also exposed at home since her husband did brake-repair jobs there.
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 eye.
If the brakes contain asbestos, the dust may contain asbestos fibers, which could be inhaled.
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 way.
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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