Asbestos Exposure in Automotive Factories
For over a century, the automotive industry has been a vital source of employment for the American workforce. Although the industry is most closely associated with Detroit, Michigan, automotive assembly plants existed in many other states. Prior to the 1990s, these factories used a great deal of asbestos equipment and materials. Auto plants had asbestos-containing pumps, valves, turbines, boilers, and other equipment. Automobile brakes, gaskets, and clutches also had asbestos. Asbestos, a mineral fiber that was used extensively in factories during the 20th century, is the sole known cause of the cancer mesothelioma. Workers at automotive plants during this time were almost universally exposed to asbestos dust during the course of their regular duty. As a result, retired auto workers are at a high risk of developing mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer only known to be caused by asbestos.
The companies that manufactured and sold asbestos products understood that asbestos posed a threat to human health as far back as the 1920s. However, they never warned workers from the auto industry about these dangers. The asbestos industry chose profits over people; a choice that continues to cause over 3,000 people to develop mesothelioma every year.
Belluck & Fox prides itself on standing up for victims of the asbestos industry, and is considered one of the top asbestos law firms in the United States. We have won over $500 million in compensation on behalf of our clients. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were employed at any of the companies listed below, your asbestos exposure most likely occurred on the job. Mesothelioma is a preventable disease that is only caused by asbestos, and it your right to seek compensation from the companies that caused you to be exposed to asbestos. Contact us online or over the phone at 877-MESOTHELIOMA (637-6843), and one of our partners will be in touch to discuss your case. To learn more, click here to receive a free mesothelioma information package.
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