Silicosis Lawyers Nationwide
Nearly 2 million workers in the United States are exposed to dangerous levels of silica dust. It is estimated that more than 300 American workers will die with silicosis each year. In an extensive study spanning from 1968 to 1994, there were a reported 14,824 silicosis deaths.
Silicosis is lung disease caused by overexposure to crystalline silica that workers breath when exposed to fine sand dust. The particles are much smaller than sand found at a beach and are often microscopic. The disease is one of the oldest known occupational diseases, being found in miners and potters for hundreds of years. When silica, which form the bulk of sand, rock, and mineral ores, is broken into fine dust it lodges itself into a person's lungs. Over time scar tissue develops in the lungs, which damages the lungs' ability to work properly. The disease has various stages and degrees of severity: chronic, accelerated and acute forms.
The inhalation of these silica particles has also been linked with lung cancer, bronchitis and tuberculosis. The silicosis itself may lead to other conditions including lung fibrosis and emphysema. The disease is also linked to a fatal pulmonary tuberculosis actually called silico-tuberculosis. As the disease progresses it may become disabling, the person will have increasing difficulty breathing and may die. The disease is incurable and irreversible and may progress even after the exposure ends. Workers with very high exposures are at greater risk.
Silicosis kills thousands of people around the world every year.
If you or a loved one has silicosis please contact us here for a free legal consultation regarding your rights.
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