What is silica and what is silicosis?

The Law Offices of Joseph A. Romano, P.C. on Monday, May 14, 2018.

Occupational Silicosis is the Result of Exposure to Silica Dust on the Job. 

Silicosis causes different forms of lung damage upon those inflicted. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, known as C.O.P.D. as well as lung cancer are two examples. A systemic disease, silicosis is known to also attack other parts of the body. Renal disease as well as connective tissue disorders have been observed in cases of silicosis.

Occupational Silicosis is a Disease that Strikes the Lungs of Workers.

The criteria used for diagnosing and evaluating causation of silicosis during a medical assessment, acknowledges that heavy smokers are more vulnerable than non-smokers. However whether a smoker or not, the diagnosis of occupational silicosis is warranted in all cases if the worker was exposed to silica dust in the course of their vocation. 

Silicosis Strikes Smokers as well as Non-smokers.

When determining whether a particular case of silicosis is occupational or not, a medical examiner will take into consideration the damaging vocational hazards of inhaling silica dust, in addition to the other lifestyle habits of the worker.  Vocational silicosis calls for Workers’ Compensation evaluation.

Have you been exposed to silica dust in your workplace? Are you experiencing symptoms commonly associated with silicosis? If you answered yes to both questions, seek medical attention. You may have a Workers’ Compensation Case. Please allow us to assist you. Call today. Toll Free: 855.965.1515

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