People who work in jobs that expose them to silica dust are at risk. These jobs include Mining, Stone cutting, Quarrying, Road and building construction, Abrasives manufacturing and Sand blasting. Intense exposure to silica can cause disease within a year, but it usually takes at least 10 - 15 years of exposure before symptoms occur. Silicosis has become less common since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created regulations requiring the use of protective equipment, which limits the amount of silica dust workers inhale.
What is Silicosis?
Michigan personal injury lawyers represent clients suffering from the lung disease of silicosis. Silicosis is a disease of the lungs produced by the prolonged and extensive exposure to free crystalline silica dust. By inhaling crystalline silica (dust), the lung tissue reacts by developing fibrotic nodules and scarring around the trapped silica particles.
This fibrotic condition of the lung is called silicosis. If the nodules grow too large, breathing becomes difficult and death may result. Silicosis victims are also at high risk of developing active tuberculosis. Silicosis treatment is very limited as there is no cure for the disease, but it is 100 percent preventable if employers, workers, and health professionals work together to reduce exposures.
Symptoms of Silicosis
Silica dust accumulates in the lungs and reduces lung capacity and function. Over time this has long term devastating consequences. The initial symptoms include:
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath while exercising
- Occasional bluish skin at ear lobes or lips
Statute of Limitations For A Michigan Silicosis Case
The procedures for filing claims and lawsuits are different virtually everywhere and the time limitations for filing personal injury claims isn't always the same. Depending on what type of case it I determines the statute of limitations for the case. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. For these reasons, you should contact our Michigan personal injury lawyers immediately if you have been injured in an accident.
Michigan Silicosis Lawyer No Fee Promise
We will represent you in your Michigan silicosis case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact a Michigan Silicosis Injury Lawyer
If you or a family member suffer from silicosis, you should contact our Michigan silicosis lawyers to determine whether a Michigan injury claim should be pursued.
Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers about your case. Our office will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering witness statements and evidence to prove and win your case.