Houston Silicosis Attorney
Learn How Silicosis Affects Your Health
Early symptoms of Silicosis include shortness of breath, coughing, tiredness, and chest pain. Patients later have more difficulty breathing and are at high risk for developing tuberculosis. In severe cases, silicosis can be fatal. It is not reversible.
Doctors classify silicosis into types, depending upon the amount and duration of silica exposure. The most common form of silicosis, known as chronic silicosis, occurs after decades of overexposure to lower levels of silica. Accelerated silicosis involves larger amounts of silica and occurs from five to fifteen years after exposure. Acute silicosis is the result of short-term exposure to very large amounts of silica.
In all forms of silicosis, silica damages and scars the lungs, causing inflammation and the formation of nodules that are the mark of the disease. A diagnosis of silicosis can be confirmed by the patient’s work history, chest x-rays and pulmonary function tests. Although silicosis is not curable, the patient can ease symptoms by using cough medications and bronchodilators. Tobacco smoke should be avoided, since it can cause further lung damage.
Protecting the Victims of Silicosis
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At job sites where silica exposure is a possibility, employers should reduce their employees’ exposure to the mineral by providing a good ventilation system and making dust masks and respirators available to workers. Unfortunately, some employers do not follow appropriate procedures. Also, some types of dust masks or respirators do not provide adequate protection against silica dust.
If you have been exposed to silica at your workplace and developed silicosis, Gary S Tucker and Associates can help you sort out the legal issues. We will evaluate your potential case free of charge, answer your questions and advise you of your legal rights and choices. You may contact us through this web site or by calling (800) 275-5007.