Silica is a mineral component found in sand and rocks, including sandstone and granite, that is known for causing lung cancer and silicosis. Silica exposure occurs when people breathe in silica dust. Silica dust is released during the manufacturing process of various products, including clay bricks, concrete and tiles, as well as during the breaking up of rocks that contain the mineral. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has said that breathing in silica dust can lead to debilitating, irreversible and potentially fatal respiratory diseases.
Industries where silica exposure is common:
- Tunnel working
- Glass manufacturing
- Ceramics work
- Steel industry
- Stone cutting
- Coal mining
Silica is commonly found in quartz, a major component of concrete. Concrete needs to be replaced as it ages, meaning workers who are tasked with doing the work may be exposed to airborne respirable quartz dust that contains silica, which could lead to them developing silicosis in the future.
Filing A Silicosis Lawsuit
James F. Humphreys and Associates, L.C. has years of experience handling silica exposure lawsuits and can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Silica lawsuits can be filed by the person who suffered exposure or a family member if the exposed person has passed away. Depending on the situation, these lawsuits are filed as negligence cases or under product liability statutes.
With every silica case we:
- Evaluate the circumstances surrounding your medical condition to determine whether it can be linked to direct or indirect silica exposure at some point in your past
- Speak to medical professionals to secure expert testimony for your case
- Answer any questions you may have concerning your situation
- Design a strategy for your claim that will help you receive a positive settlement or verdict as quickly as possible
- Aggressively advocate for your rights at the negotiation table or in court
If you or a loved one has been affected by silica exposure, contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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