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Auto Mechanic Files Lawsuit Alleging Asbestos Related Disease

Auto Mechanic Files Lawsuit Alleging Asbestos Related Disease

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 ‚Ä®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 as to possible precautions to protect against the harmful effects of asbestos exposure.


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

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 the urging of physicians, 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 4 decades the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900  has been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.


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