When you suffer from silicosis, every breath can be painful. The silica dust inhaled at your job caused fluid buildup and scar tissue that settled in the lungs and reduced your ability to breathe. Silicosis litigation lawyers in Fayetteville, Arkansas can explain that roughly two million U.S. workers in occupations with exposure to crystalline silica dust are at risk for development of the disease. Over 100,000 workers in highway and bridge construction, building construction and demolition, abrasive blasting, masonry work, concrete finishing, dry walling, rock drilling and mining are also at risk for development of the disease. Silicosis cannot be cured once you develop symptoms, but you can reduce your risk of the disease by taking steps to minimize your exposure.
Silica is a component of sand, rock and mineral ores. People who work in industries such as sandblasting, mining and construction are at risk for developing silicosis. The American Lung Association lists three types of silicosis:
- Chronic silicosis – The most common type of silicosis will usually occur after 10 years or more after your exposure to crystalline silica.
- Accelerated silicosis – Occurs five to 10 years after exposure to higher levels of crystalline silica.
- Acute silicosis – Occurs after only a few weeks or months of exposure to very high levels of crystalline silica. This type of silicosis progresses rapidly and can result in death within months.
Our Silicosis litigation attorneys in Fayetteville are ready to help you get medical qualification for compensation for silicosis as a result of your exposure to silica dust.
The Martin Law Firm is committed to helping sufferers of silicosis get the compensation they deserve.