Asbestos risks for vehicle mechanics

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2022 | asbestos

You loved cars as a kid growing up, which spurred you on to pursue a career as a vehicle mechanic. You obtained your qualifications and have now been working in the industry for decades.

You get paid to do what you love and you work on a variety of cars, both new and classic models. Unfortunately, the profession does not come without risks, and you may have been exposed to asbestos. How do you know? And what can be done about it?

Vehicle components of interest

If you’ve worked on older cars, then asbestos exposure is a severe risk. The material is especially prominent in brake calipers, pads and clutch systems. You’ve probably replaced or repaired these parts hundreds, maybe even thousands of times over the years. This means that you’ve hammered them, used drills around them and even applied a grinder. All of these movements emit dust particles that could expose you to asbestos. If you’ve inhaled these particles over the years, then your physical health might be in jeopardy.

How do you know if you’ve been exposed?

The physical symptoms of asbestos exposure often take years to present themselves, and there is no guarantee that you are ill. However, if you have noticed any chest pains, shortness of breath or other respiratory problems, you should get checked out by the doctor.

What can be done?

If you’ve received a mesothelioma diagnosis, you may be entitled to legal compensation. Not only will this help with your medical treatment and living costs, but it can provide financial security for your loved ones in the future. As you contemplate your options, make sure you seek guidance from someone with legal knowledge in this area.