Types of Silicosis
We rely on a variety of different elements and materials to build our houses, cars, computers, and other consumer products. However, we are only now realizing the dangers of some of those materials. For people who work with silica, the dust from this crystal can lead to a serious lung disease called silicosis.
If you work with dangerous materials such as silica, your employers should provide you with the safety gear that you need to avoid illness or injury. Unfortunately, if you worked with this material before its dangers were known, you could be at risk for related conditions. If you have developed silicosis as a result of workplace silica exposure, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation to help you cover your related expenses.
For more information, contact a Morehead City workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Office of Sam Scudder today at 919-851-3311 to discuss your case.
The Three Forms of Silicosis
Silicosis occurs due to the inhalation of silica dust. Over time, the dust can inflame your lungs and cause problems such as difficulty breathing. There are three types of silicosis, typically dependent on the amount of exposure that you experience. These forms of silicosis include:
- Simple chronic – from long-term exposure to low amounts of silica dust, may cause difficulty breathing
- Accelerated – from mid-length exposure to larger amounts of silica, causes symptoms to show faster than simple chronic silicosis
- Acute – from short-term exposure to extremely high amounts of dust, results in lung inflammation and possible fluid-filled lungs
Sadly, ending your exposure to silica dust will not stop silicosis once it has formed. The disease progresses even after you are no longer in contact with silica.
Silicosis can result in incurable pain and suffering. If you now suffer from silicosis as a result of work exposure, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation to help you with your medical bills and other expenses. To learn more about, contact a Morehead City workers’ compensation lawyer from the Law Office of Sam Scudder at 919-851-3311 today.