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Mesothelioma Attorneys Warn: Four Things Every Mechanic Should Know

December 13, 2011

From Yahoo News, Mesothelioma Attorneys Warn: Four Things Every Mechanic Should Know

So you’ve heard all the commercials and seen advertisements about how harmful exposure to asbestos can be. Most people think of asbestos as only being in construction or industrial products – not so. It’s also in many automotive parts, especially brakes and clutches. Mesothelioma attorneys Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason (CPSM) have recently updated the asbestos containing products section of their website, and send out a warning to both commercial and home mechanics to be aware of the dangers of being exposed to asbestos during repairs or parts replacement.

CPSM wants mechanics to be aware of three things that could literally save their lives. First, did you know that in the United States alone, more than 150,000 mechanics have been exposed to asbestos during repair or replacement of automotive brakes and clutches?

Second, because asbestos was so heat and fire resistant as well as affordable, it was added to many of the following automotive parts:

  •     Brake linings, gaskets, and disk pads 
  •     Clutches 
  •     Heat seals and valve rings 
  •     Hood linings 
  •     Car body filters 
  •     Car exhaust systems

Many of the cars worked on today still have brakes and clutches that contain asbestos. During repair of brakes or clutches, the risk of disturbing intact asbestos products is very high. Once disturbed, microscopic asbestos fibers can be released into the air. If inhaled or ingested, the fibers can lodge into the lining of the body’s internal organs and decades later develop into mesothelioma and other fatal asbestos related diseases.

Third, there are recommended safe practices for both commercial and home mechanics to follow in order to avoid dangerous exposure to asbestos. The Environmental Protection Agency released a booklet in 2007, Current Best Practices for Preventing Asbestos Exposure Among Brake and Clutch Repair Workers, which lists OSHA’s recommendations of how to safely work on cars that contain asbestos parts. The recommendations for commercial shops vary depending on the number of brake and clutch jobs performed each week. There are separate suggestions for home mechanics and auto enthusiasts.

Lastly, if you are a brake mechanic and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have a right to file an asbestos lawsuit and receive compensation from the manufacturers of the products responsible for your illness. For over 30 years, the mesothelioma lawyers at Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason have represented mechanics who are suffering from mesothelioma and won significant settlements on their behalf. Call today for a free case evaluation or visit our website for a full list of products containing asbestos.

About Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason

CPSM is one of the leading mesothelioma law firms in the nation and unique in its exclusive focus and years of experience in asbestos litigation. For over three decades, CPSM has consistently and repeatedly won hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients who have been exposed to and injured by asbestos. Unlike other firms, clients speak directly to the attorneys and are kept abreast of all case developments on a regular basis. Call today 1-800-440-4262 or visit our website http://www.mesothelioma-attorney.com for more information.