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Silicosis is a respiratory disease of the lungs that develops directly out of prolonged and extensive exposure to airborne crystalline silica. This work-related disease can be disabling and, in certain cases, even fatal.
Who Is at Risk for Silicosis?
Victims of silicosis typically work in jobs with high levels of silica-exposure, such as construction, sand blasting, and mining. Lungs will react to the silica by developing scarring around the silica which leads to difficulty breathing. The most common form of silicosis might not be detected for ten to 35 years after a worker’s initial exposure.
Some telltale signs of silica exposure are shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, severe cough, and flu-like symptoms.
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, contact Ohio personal injury lawyer Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. online or by phone at (614) 766-2000 in Columbus. During your free consultation, Mr. Kerpsack will discuss the details of your claim, including who might be liable for silicosis and the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled.