Silicosis is an occupational disease of the lung, caused by the inhalation of Silica dust. This triggers inﬂammation of the lungs, leading to scar tissue which hinders the ﬂow of oxygen into the lungs and bloodstream.
The most common symptoms of Silicosis are shortness of breath and a dry cough. Under some circumstances, and for an extended period of time there may also be no apparent symptoms at all.
Yes. There is no cure for Silicosis, and patients are at increased risk of developing several diseases including Tuberculosis.
The greatest risk of exposure is to those who work in mining, stonecutting, construction, sandblasting and the manufacture of abrasives. Likewise, people who work with pottery, glass and on railroads.
Yes, by taking appropriate safety measures on the job. These include education of the workforce, the use of proper safety equipment, and adequate ventilation.
Silicosis is diagnosed by chest x-rays which reveal the distinctive patterns of scar tissue and lung nodules.
Patients can ﬁle legal claims against manufacturers, distributors and installers of Silica products. Likewise, the manufacturers of sub-standard safety equipment.
Most legal claims are governed by Statutes of Limitations, which dictate the time that is allowed for a complainant to ﬁle a lawsuit after suffering or discovering injury.
Statutes of Limitation can vary greatly, so it is important to consult an experienced legal expert as early as possible.