Silicosis Disease


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Silicosis disease is a condition acquired through heavy exposure to silica -- the second most common mineral on the planet and found in several kinds of stones and crystals including granite and quartz. This being the case, miners, stonecutters, and construction workers are especially more likely to develop this condition. For this reason, it is often referred to grinder’s disease, mason’s disease, and miner’s asthma. The disease develops when silica dust is inhaled and then embeds themselves within the lungs, causing inflammation and scar tissue formation within the organ. If a company did not take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety in regards to silicosis disease, our lawyers can help provide you with quality legal assistance concerning this issue.

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The three types of silicosis include:

  • Chronic Silicosis - A condition that is caused by long-term exposure to low amounts of silica fibers over a 10 to 20 year period.
  • Accelerated Silicosis - A condition sometimes known as progressive massive fibrosis. Unlike chronic silicosis, it usually occurs relatively quickly due to exposure to a greater amount of silica fibers over a shorter time span of 5 to 10 years.
  • Acute Silicosis - A condition that is onset by short-term exposure to massive amounts of silica. It usually develops within several weeks or within 5 years of being exposed to silica.

Silicosis disease has affected many people over the years. With symptoms similar to tuberculosis, it has been responsible for the injuries and deaths of many people across several industries which deal primarily with the cutting, grinding, or use of silica-based materials. In fact, as recently as 2002, over 145 people died due to complications associated with the disease. Even while undergoing silicosis treatment, these people eventually succumbed to death. The disease often involves symptoms including shortness of breath, severe cough, fatigue, breathing irregularities, chest pain, fever, and other severe respiratory problems. Unfortunately, the disease is not curable. However, silicosis treatment is available for those suffering ill effects.

Some common treatments include the use of cough suppressants and antibiotics. Isoniazid, rifampin, and pyrazinamide are antibiotics that are commonly used for treatment. Other silica treatments, such as chest physiotherapy, are used to drain mucus from the lungs. Bronchodilators and the administration of oxygen are used to facilitate breathing. In some cases, lung transplantation is even used to replace lung tissue that was damaged by silica exposure. However, such a procedure is extremely risky. Silica treatment can be quite costly and often must be taken for the rest of a victim’s life. As such, it is extremely important that you file a lawsuit against those responsible to help cover these costly medical expenses. If you or a loved one is in this sort of unfortunate situation, our lawyers can be of assistance.

Do you or a loved one suffer from silicosis disease and are undergoing silicosis treatment due to unnecessary exposure to silica? Silicosis lawyers can help! Contact one of our Silicosis Lawyers today!

 

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