The risk of asbestos cancer threatens former automobile workers. The deadly mineral asbestos can be found in car parts such as valve rings, hood liners, gaskets, clutch disks, brake pads and seals. When an asbestos-containing product is disturbed e.g., hammered or cut, it can release asbestos fibers. The inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to the development of cancers such as malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Unfortunately, many automobile workers physically interacted with asbestos-containing products in ways that prompted the release of deadly asbestos fibers. Further, these workers were not warned of the dangers of asbestos nor provided protective equipment such as respirators to prevent exposure to asbestos. As a result, former automobile workers who worked with cars are diagnosed with asbestos-related cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer have long latency periods i.e., symptoms of the illness take a long time to appear. Mesothelioma symptoms take several decades to appear. Thus, a former automobile worker is always at risk of developing an asbestos cancer even though his or her exposure to the substance occurred many years ago. Thus, it is important for automobile workers who have been exposed to asbestos to get regularly tested for asbestos diseases. Early diagnosis expands the array of treatment options.
Even household members of automobile industry workers are at risk of developing asbestos cancers such as malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. This is because of a type of asbestos exposure known as secondary exposure. Secondary exposure occurs when a person is exposed to asbestos from another person who was directly exposed to asbestos. Commonly, secondary exposure occurs when a household member of an asbestos industry worker washes the asbestos-contaminated work clothes of the worker. Exposure to asbestos occurs during the washing process.
Mesothelioma patients should consider contacting a skilled mesothelioma attorney. Companies in the asbestos industry knew of the lethal dangers of asbestos but did not disclose them for the sake of financial profit. For the same reason, companies did not provide protective equipment that could have prevented exposure to asbestos. Therefore, the law allows mesothelioma patients to file legal claims against companies responsible for their exposure to asbestos.