If you have been keeping up with our blog posts recently, you might already know that asbestos is nothing to be messed with. Microscopic asbestos fibers can be inhaled and become trapped within the human respiratory system, causing a world of trouble during the following years. Deadly illnesses such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma can develop over time.
In many cases the people diagnosed with those diseases are workers who were exposed to asbestos on the job. Auto mechanics are some of those most at risk for exposure in the workplace, as the substance was worked into brake pads, clutch facings, and other areas in automobiles before the 1980's. It is scary to think about all of the cars that were produced by workers and how much asbestos they were exposed to at the time.
A Ford Motor Company dealership worker, Richard Rost, was awarded $1 million when a jury found the company guilty of exposing him to the asbestos within brake pads of vehicles. Rost was eventually diagnosed with mesothelioma, a fatal cancer known to be caused by asbestos exposure. Ford appealed this verdict, which was upheld by the Superior Court in May. It was obvious to the court that Ford needed to take responsibility for their actions in exposing workers to asbestos.
Ford was among three other companies found responsible for Mr. Rost's mesothelioma diagnosis, a verdict that was upheld thanks to a detailed and consistent testimony. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma, it is in your best interest to select an experienced mesothelioma attorney who will fight for your rights in the court room.