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Auto Mechanic Files Lawsuit Alleging Asbestos Related Disease

Auto Mechanic Files Lawsuit Alleging Asbestos Related Disease

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A lawsuit was filed alleging that a former auto mechanic, who worked in auto body shops throughout New Jersey, was exposed to asbestos fiber and suffers from lung cancer. The lawsuit, filed in New Jersey Superior Court, asserts that he suffered injurious exposure to asbestos as a direct result of his exposure to asbestos fiber at work. The former worker brought the action against several manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos fiber.

The lawsuit Ordini v B.F. Goodrich Company et al. was filed Friday in the Superior Court of New Jersey by the law firm of Jon L. Gelman LLC, and Motley Rice LLC, on behalf of the injured worker. It alleges that those companies that mined, processed, and sold asbestos-containing products were knowledgeable about the harmful effects of exposure to asbestos and asbestos-containing products and failed to provide those exposed with knowledge of possible precautions to protect against the harmful effects of asbestos exposure.

Many automobile parts contain asbestos fiber include: brakes, clutches, and undercoatings of the vehicle. Asbestos exposure has been reported when auto mechanics changed parts and cleaned up their repair shops.

Automobile mechanics, also known as auto mechanics or car mechanics, are responsible for diagnosing and repairing various issues that can arise with vehicles. This can include everything from simple maintenance tasks such as oil changes and tire rotations to more complex repairs such as engine rebuilds and transmission replacements. While the job can be both rewarding and challenging, it also comes with certain risks, including asbestos exposure.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications in the past, including the automotive industry. It was prized for its ability to insulate against heat and fire, as well as for its durability and resistance to chemical degradation. As a result, it was used in various automotive products, including brake pads, clutch plates, and gaskets.

Unfortunately, asbestos is also a known carcinogen, and exposure to it can lead to several serious health problems, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can become lodged in the lungs and cause inflammation, leading to scarring and other damage over time.

Auto mechanics are at an exceptionally high risk of asbestos exposure because of the nature of their work. To repair or replace parts on a vehicle, mechanics often have to remove or disassemble components that contain asbestos. This can release asbestos fibers into the air, where the mechanic and other workers in the area can inhale them.

To reduce the risk of asbestos exposure, mechanics should take several precautions. These can include wearing protective gear such as respirators, goggles, and gloves, as well as using wet methods to remove or disassemble parts that may contain asbestos. Additionally, mechanics should be trained to recognize the signs of asbestos and to take appropriate action if they suspect that they have been exposed.
Asbestosis is a progressive pulmonary disease associated with asbestos exposure. The rates of asbestos-related fatalities are predicted to continue for decades to come. Despite public outcry and physicians urging, asbestos is still not banned in the United States.
Attorney Jon L. Gelman, who has been litigating asbestos exposure claims for over three decades, said, “It is alleged the asbestos companies put into the stream of commerce a defective, unsafe, and inherently dangerous product and failed to provide reasonable warnings.”
The defendants are B.F.Goodrich Company, Borg Warner Morse Tec Inc., Certainteed Corp., Dana Corporation, E.I.Du Pont de Nemours & Company, Ford Motor Company, General Electric Company, Georgia Pacific Company, Honeywell International, Allied Signal, Inc., Industrial Holdings Corp., Carborundum Company, Lear Siegler Diversified Holdings Corporation, Maremont Corp., Metropolitan Insurance Company, Mobile Oil Corp.,  Norton Co., Gobian Abrasives, Inc., PneumoAbex Corp, American Brake Block, and Utica Boilers.

Attorney Contact:
 Jon L. Gelman of Wayne, NJ, is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters). For over five decades, the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900 have represented injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

Recommended Citation: Gelman, Jon L.,  Auto Mechanic Files Lawsuit Alleging Asbestos Related Disease, (2011),

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