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Silicosis is an incurable lung disease caused by exposure to silica dust. Recent studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have shown an increase in cases of silicosis, likely due to the growing popularity of engineered stone countertops.
If you worked as a stone countertop fabricator and later developed silicosis, contact Simmons Hanly Conroy now for a free case review. You may be able to pursue compensation through a silicosis lawsuit.
Respirable crystalline silica (RCS), also known as silica dust, can be found throughout workplaces where stone countertops are manufactured.
When materials used to make the countertops are cut, crushed or otherwise processed, these harmful dust particles are released into the air. Airborne silica particles are 100 times smaller than a grain of sand, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
People who work in the countertop industry as engineered stone fabricators are especially susceptible to silica dust exposure. Quartz, the main mineral used in engineered stone, contains over 90% crystalline silica.
Using wet methods, working in a well-ventilated area and providing stone fabricators with respirators are all ways to limit silica dust exposure in the workplace. However, when employers fail to implement safety regulations, their workers may develop a serious lung disease known as silicosis years after their exposure to this toxic dust.
Silicosis is a progressive and incurable lung disease that causes scar tissue to build up in the lungs. Symptoms of this disease may take decades to appear.
Symptoms of silicosis often include:
In some cases, silicosis may lead to additional health concerns like lung cancer, kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
You may be able to file a silica dust lawsuit and pursue compensation if you or your loved one:
Not sure about your options? Contact Simmons Hanly Conroy now. We can help determine if you qualify to take action and answer any questions you may have about the process.
Silicosis is a preventable disease. However, when stone countertop manufacturers and suppliers cover up the dangers of silica dust exposure or fail to follow regulations put in place by OSHA, people who work with their products are put at risk.
Manufacturers that do not follow necessary safety precautions may cause hardworking stone fabricators to be exposed to silica dust — leading to serious health complications.
By working with Simmons Hanly Conroy, you can get experienced legal help:
Let us help you hold stone manufacturers and suppliers accountable for their negligence.
At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we are proud to help clients across the country pursue justice and compensation from the companies that have caused them harm.
Why should you choose Simmons Hanly Conroy for your silicosis lawsuit?
Contact our team today for a free legal consultation and find out if you may be eligible to pursue compensation from a silica dust lawsuit.
Silicosis is caused by exposure to silica dust. When inhaled, silica dust can become trapped in the body and cause fibrous scar tissue to develop in the lungs.
Crystalline silica is most commonly found in quartz. However, it can also be found in various other rocks, concrete and sand.
At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our silica lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means we only get paid if your case results in compensation. There are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs.
You only have a limited amount of time, known as statutes of limitations, to file a stone fabricator lawsuit for silicosis. This time frame varies from state to state.
Once the statute of limitations passes, however, you will not be able to file a silica dust lawsuit or pursue compensation for your injuries.
Contact our team now if you or a loved one worked with stone countertops and later developed silicosis.