Silicosis is a debilitating lung disease caused by the inhalation of silica dust. The dust Silica-containing dust is found in a variety of places, including sand blasting plants, construction sites, mines and manufacturing plants. When the dust enters the lungs, it can cause shortness of breath, cough, fever and weakness. The disease is historically known as an occupational hazard.
Acute silicosis occurs after exposure to high amounts of silica-containing dust. In many situations, the quick progression of the disease creates a poor prognosis. Many patients survive the disease by receiving a lung transplant, which costs a substantial amount and requires weeks in the hospital and months of recovery. Additionally, the disease is linked to deadly diseases, such as tuberculosis and lung cancer. Following are some of the most important aspects of an acute silicosis injury claims:
Medical documentation: Medical evidence of the condition will be the cornerstone of the case. X-Rays, and a number of other medical procedures, can reveal the damage to the lungs. Additionally, a lung specialist can provide expert testimony that identifies the substance that caused the condition. Depending on the severity of the disease, a doctor may prescribe a lung transplant or whole lung lavage, which are risky and expensive procedures.
Negligence: Plaintiffs who file acute silicosis injury claims must prove the defendant owed a duty of care, breached the duty and is the cause of the disease. For example, a miner exposed to extreme amounts of silica dust might file a claim against the manufacturer of mining equipment due to a malfunction or defect that caused the exposure. Many silicosis injury claims are brought against employers, which are called workers’ compensation claims.
Damages: The damages awarded a plaintiff depend heavily on a number of factors. The untimely death of a worker, lung transplants and other medical procedures, lost wages and a number of other factors determine the amount the plaintiff will likely receive.