If you have been exposed to silica in the workplace and, subsequently, you are diagnosed with a Silicosis condition then contact Compensation Claims Today to get the Silicosis compensation you deserve.
Silica is a mineral found in sand and rocks such as sandstone, flint, granite. Silica can also be found in some coal and metallic ores. Silica dust can be produced by the aforementioned materials being cut or broken down. Silicosis is the condition that people can suffer from if they inhale the silica. Silica affects the lungs.
People who carry/carried out the following job roles are more susceptible to developing silicosis:
- Foundry workers
Making a Silicosis compensation claim
Silicosis can take years to develop and it may be the case that the company you worked for when you were exposed to silica is no longer in business. Please note that should your ex-employer not be in business anymore that you can still potentially make a Silicosis compensation claim against them.
Symptoms you may experience as a result of silica damaging your lung tissue are:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Chest pain
- Loss of appetite
- You may also experience loss of weight
- Coughing up blood
Three types of Silicosis: Chronic, Accelerated and Acute
Chronic Silicosis: this is the most common form of Silicosis and tends to develop over a long period of time from exposure to low levels of silica dust. You will probably experience breathing and dry coughing symptoms.
Accelerated Silicosis: people will have been exposed to higher levels of silica over a shorter period of time. Symptoms include severe shortness of breath, weaknesses and weight loss.
Acute Silicosis: this condition is rarer form and people experience exposure to high levels of silica over a short period of time. The exposure top the silica can cause immediate damage and symptoms include breathlessness, dry coughs that get gradually worse and the lungs can become very inflamed and can fill with fluid causing severe shortness of breath. This form of Silicosis can be fatal.
Your employer has a duty of care to protect you from the exposure of hazardous substances, such as silica dust. If your employer has breached their duty of care you may be able to make a claim for Silicosis compensation.
You can also claim for other losses incurred as a result of suffering from a form of Silicosis e.g. travel expenses to medical appointments, loss of earnings, medical fees, etc.