Silica and Silicosis
Silicosis is a lung disease common among people who work around silica. Crystalline silica is a mineral commonly found in nature, most often in Quartz. The mineral compound is silicon dioxide (SiO2), which is extremely common in stone, concrete, brick, mortar, and sand. Exposure to silica is common in occupations related to rock, concrete, or foundry work.
Concern about inhalation of silica particles dates back to the 1930’s, however workers have continued to be exposed. In the 1990’s, health and safety officials recognized a dramatic increase in the number of cases of lung cancer, silicosis, and other related conditions. Still, workers continue to be exposed to potentially dangerous particles.
Silicosis Lawyers Helping Victims of Toxic Exposure
AkinMears, L.L.P. is evaluating potential claims related to crystalline silica exposure and related illnesses. Our law firm is aware that exposure to silica particles can result in serious health risks, including silicosis. We are currently interviewing clients who were exposed to silica particles in the following industries:
- Fracking Sand
- Glass Bead Manufacturing
- Glass Works
- Granite Works
- Porcelain, Ceramic & Clay Occupations
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1.7 million U.S. workers are exposed to silica particles, and therefore, are at risk of developing silicosis or other occupational diseases.
Silica Dust Exposure is Preventable
Exposure to silica dust is preventable, which makes the numerous illnesses and injuries related to the mineral compound so unfortunate. Health and safety guidelines exist to reduce or prevent exposure, such as proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Sadly, many of the workers who have developed serious medical conditions due to silica exposure were not equipped with proper safety gear by their employers.
If you or someone you love has been exposed to silica dust and are experiencing symptoms of silicosis or other related occupational diseases, contact AkinMears, L.L.P. to speak with one of our silicosis lawyers. If you are suffering the side effects of an employer’s failure to provide a safe and healthy working environment, you may be entitled to compensation.
Call Akin Mears, L.L.P. toll free at 877-534-5750 to schedule a free consultation of your potential silicosis claim.