Silicosis is lung damage caused by breathing dust containing extremely fine particles of crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is found in concrete, masonry and rock.
At least 300 people die each year because of silicosis. More than 2 million workers are exposed silica dust on the job and about 10% of them are at a high risk of developing silicosis.
However, this disease is 100 percent preventable.
Workers and Sandblasters in the sandblasting industry who remove paint and rust from buildings, bridges, tanks and other surfaces are at risk, as are people who clean foundry castings, mine through rock, crush stone, etch or frost glass, and construction workers who may be exposed to dangerous levels of crystalline silica.
Once inhaled, crystalline silica, can lead to one of three types of silicosis: chronic, accelerated or acute. The disease can cause also bronchitis and tuberculosis. Some scientists believe it may also cause lung cancer.
Diagnosis of Silicosis
Workers who believe they are or have been overexposed to silica dust should visit a doctor specializing in lung diseases, a pulmonologist. Silicosis often goes untreated and undiagnosed, especially chronic silicosis, because its symptoms are not unique. A person’s occupational history with silica dust exposure will help doctors evaluate possible medical problems. A thorough medical examination using a chest X-ray and lung function test can determine if a person has silicosis. Workers at risk of exposure, such as miners or sandblasters should have lung examinations at least every 3 years. Above all, prevention of the disease is key, because there is no way to reverse the disease.
The law limits the amount of time after a patient incurs an injury to file suit. The amount of time varies based on the theory of liability and the state in which the patient files the suit.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Silica Dust, developed Silicosis, or died as a result of Silica disease, contact us for a free evaluation of your case.