The review of the Scott, Brakes, Ford, Asbestos & Mesothelioma case documents what many brake and clutch repair auto mechanics may face today – past potential asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. The decision of the appeals court was remanded for a new trial.
To find out more on the case, see Case No. A137975 – March 26, 2014.
A brief summary of the facts include:
- Plaintiff Patrick Scott (Scott) owned and operated vehicle service stations for over 40 years, during which he was periodically exposed to asbestos from brake and clutch repair.
- He eventually developed mesothelioma, a form of cancer uniquely linked to asbestos.
- Scott worked as a mechanic for over 40 years. He began working on cars as a young teenager.
- After he joined the United States Air Force in 1961, he was trained at a technical school and served as a mechanic for four years.
- After his discharge, he worked for eight months at a shipyard, where he suffered significant exposure to a particularly harmful form of asbestos.
- By finding the United States Navy 33 percent responsible for Scott’s injury, the jury implicitly attributed a portion of his disease to his work at the shipyard, which preceded most of his automotive exposure to asbestos.
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