Silica and Silicosis
Silicosis is a lung disease that develops in people who work around silica. Crystalline silica is a mineral that is common in nature, most often in Quartz. The mineral compound is silicon dioxide (SiO2), which is a component 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 continue to be at risk. 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 are at risk of exposure to potentially dangerous particles.
Silicosis Lawyers Helping Victims of Toxic Exposure
AkinMears, L.L.P. is handling 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 handling cases involving individuals 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 two 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 or training.
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 injuries due to silicosis, you may be entitled to compensation.
Call Akin Mears, L.L.P. toll free at 855-489-7853 to schedule a free consultation of your potential silicosis claim.