MESOTHELIOMA JOB RISK
Former automotive industry workers risk developing
The risk of developing mesothelioma on the job is particularly acute in
the automotive industry.
Weitz & Luxenberg has protected the legal rights of workers since
1986. Since then, the firm's mesothelioma lawyers have won
several billion dollars in verdicts and
settlements for clients.
October 15, 2009 - The cancer-causing mineral asbestos, widely used in automotive industry
jobs, is linked to the development of serious illnesses including mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of
cancer that has no cure and is always fatal.
Asbestos was commonly used in many different auto parts, including brake pads and linings, gaskets and
hood liners. Exposure occurs when the asbestos-containing materials
are damaged on the job, releasing toxic fibers into the air.
People nearby can inhale or ingest the fibers into the body, where they may
become lodged in organs or cavities. Overtime, inflammation or infection occurs
and mesothelioma develops.
Mesothelioma risk in auto industry jobs
Since 1940, an estimated 6 million automobile mechanics have been exposed on
the job to asbestos in brakes, resulting in approximately 580 asbestos-related
cancer deaths annually.
Unfortunately, due to mesothelioma’s long incubation period, this number is
expected to rise as more workers exposed to asbestos begin to demonstrate
symptoms of an asbestos-related illness after retiring from the job.
Automotive industry workers are encouraged to schedule regular checkups with
a doctor and inform a physician of previous exposure to asbestos. Though a cure
does not exist, early diagnosis of mesothelioma can yield greater treatment
options for patients.
Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C.
Government sources estimate that in the next decade more than 35,000 people
nationwide will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is most often the
result of asbestos exposure on
jobs – and usually contracted through employers’ blatant disregard for the
health and safety of their workers.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and seek a free case review,
please notify us through the communication form on this page. We will pursue
your claim with vigilance to help you pay for medical bills, lost wages, and
And because the firm works on a contingency basis, there is no cost to you
until we win a settlement or a verdict.