Auto mechanics continue to be at unique risk for asbestos exposure in Louisiana and nationwide, and consequently, mechanics and their family members may be at higher risk for developing mesothelioma later in life. Because many automotive engine parts produce heat through constant friction, asbestos has long been the preferred insulator in components like brake pads and linings, transmission parts, and clutch facings.
While asbestos has become much more highly regulated in the United States since the 1970s, the automotive industry continues to rely on it, and mechanics are exposed to asbestos dust when replacing brakes, gaskets, repairing or replacing transmissions, and other work, especially on older cars and trucks. Even modern brake systems use asbestos, and when replacement is performed in a shop, the asbestos-containing dust produced by the action of the worn brakes is released into the air where it can be breathed in by employees and cover the clothes they may wear home.
Many shops in Louisiana provide their employees with respirators and other protective equipment, but ultimately it’s up to the mechanic to choose to use the equipment provided. Because mesothelioma is a cancer that can take decades to develop, many people working in the field may not feel a sense of urgency when it comes to protecting themselves from asbestos.
Retired auto mechanics in Louisiana who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or their family members who may be have been exposed to asbestos fibers through secondary transmission, are entitled to resources to help protect their families and fight their disease, whether they reside in New Orleans or elsewhere in the state. The Gertler Law Firm connects individuals suffering from asbestos exposure to the compensation they deserve. Call us today at (504) 581-6411 to talk to an experienced Louisiana mesothelioma attorney today.