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Exposed to Asbestos at their workplace

Prior to the 1970s asbestos was used as the main insulation material in common parts like brakes, gaskets, transmission parts. You may not be aware but even in present-day asbestos still exists in older cars. A common job performed by mechanics is the brake and clutch replacement. The process of installing new brakes requires the mechanic to file, sand and drill the brake pads and linings to get them on the car creating dangerous dust in the process.

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During the driving process, asbestos fibers collect in the brake drum as the brake shoes are being applied to the drum, thus creating friction. When maintenance work is scheduled on the vehicle the asbestos will be released in the auto shop, endangering its workers.

It is common for a long time to pass from being exposed to asbestos fibers to the onset of an asbestos-related disease. In this case, lung cancer may not show up until ten years after the mechanic was exposed to asbestos.

Relevant Job Titles

  • assembler
  • repairman
  • brake mechanic
  • grinder
  • gasket worker
  • accessories technician
  • apprentice technician
  • auto detailer
  • auto mechanic helper
  • dismantler
  • engine performance technician
  • installation mechanic

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We also represent the close relatives of auto mechanics that handled asbestos and are now sick or have passed away.

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Diseases Contracted after Asbestos Exposure in Auto Mechanics

Because the products they would often handle on the job, such as brake pads, clutches, and disk brakes, contained asbestos, auto mechanics are now at considerable risk of receiving a terrible diagnosis. Lack of adequate protective equipment when working with asbestos components made exposure possible. Asbestos exposure would occur very frequently before 1980 in auto mechanics and over recent years, many of them have been diagnosed with awful or even life-threatening diseases.

Mesothelioma Pulmonary Fibrosis Lung Cancer Asbestosis Pleurisy COPD Emphysema Asthma Pleurisy

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How Can We Help Auto Mechanics Who Were Exposed to Asbestos?

Often lung cancer symptoms will fail to appear until years after the mechanic was exposed to asbestos in the workplace and there is an even longer latency for asbestosis and mesothelioma. Contact us in order to get tested and receive treatment sooner.

Let us prepare and submit the required documents for filing claims with the asbestos trust funds, so you can receive the financial compensation needed to cover your treatment fees.

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