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Workers exposed to asbestos

This well-known automobile and parts manufacturer was established in 1908 when William C. Durant bought more than 20 companies putting them under one parent company – General Motors. By purchasing other companies, GM expanded its range of products to boilers and air-conditioners. Starting from the 1930s until the 1980s, the company used asbestos for its friction materials. It was utilized in products like brakes and clutches. As the company diversified its line of products, they started selling boilers lined with materials containing this dangerous mineral.

Former General Motors employees should closely monitor their health

Asbestos, the naturally occurring carcinogenic mineral, is extremely suitable when it comes to friction products such as disk brakes and clutch linings, as it is highly durable. Operating for more than a century, General Motors is a renowned manufacturer of automotive components which is still in business today. During World War II, they also produced naval ships and tanks. Nonetheless, their asbestos use has recently caused thousands of former workers to suffer harrowing injuries. From non-malignant diseases such as COPD and asbestosis to mesothelioma and gastrointestinal cancer, exposure to asbestos can result in numerous diseases. In addition to General Motors employees who held down a job during the last century, the following occupational groups are also at risk: engineers, auto mechanics, railroad brakemen, machinists, appliance repairers and installers.

Due to the tremendous number of lawsuits filed against it, the company requested bankruptcy protection in 2009. In 2012, they set up a trust fund to provide workers injured by asbestos with the compensation they deserved. If you are a former General Motors employee struggling with an asbestos-related disease, we encourage you to take legal action immediately. Contact our resourceful lawyers, who specialize in asbestos exposure cases, and they will thoroughly assess your situation. The only documents you need to provide to recover financial compensation from General Motors’s asbestos trust fund are your employment history and your medical records.

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Have You Shared a House with a Former General Motors Worker? If So, You Might Have Been Exposed to Asbestos, Too

Secondary exposure occurs when one comes in contact with a hazardous agent indirectly. In the case of asbestos, secondary exposure takes place when a person inhales or ingests asbestos fibers without being in proximity to the source of exposure, such as when they breathe in toxic fibers while laundering the clothes of someone who worked directly with the mineral. Regrettably, it was very common during the heyday of asbestos, as people who handled asbestos on the job were not required by their employer to change or shower before returning home. Thus, their wives would inhale asbestos fibers while washing their work clothes, while children would be exposed upon greeting their father. However, anyone who inhabited the same house as a General Motors worker is at risk, as asbestos fibers will easily spread through the environment.

If you believe secondary asbestos exposure is at fault for your diagnosis, please do not hesitate to contact our attorneys, who have been pursuing compensation for asbestos victims for nearly 30 years. Individuals whose health was compromised because of secondary exposure are also eligible for money from the asbestos trust fund of General Motors. Our lawyers will help you navigate the legal process, which requires minimal involvement on your part, and ultimately provide you with the financial compensation you deserve while holding the wrongdoer liable for their careless actions.