Individuals working in industries that utilize asbestos, silica and other irritants are at a higher risk of contracting serious lung illnesses than in other professions due to long-term exposure. You may be entitled to workers compensation or additional compensation if you or a loved one developed certain lung diseases, including:
Asbestosis is a disease linked to the inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibers. These fibers may become airborne when working with asbestos-containing fire protectants, automotive products and other construction materials. Workers in blue-collar industries, such as roofers, plumbers and machinists, commonly use this occupational hazard, and as a result, are often diagnosed with asbestosis. However, because they acquired asbestosis at work, they may be able to seek workers comp for their injuries.
Individuals diagnosed with silicosis develop the illness by inhaling silica dust. This disease affects the ability of the lungs to breathe correctly. The second most common mineral in the crust of the earth, silica is a major component of both rocks and sand. Workers in industries such as mining, construction and sandblasting have a high risk of developing silicosis.
Silicosis is not a curable condition, and treatments to ease the symptoms can often cost thousands of dollars in medical costs even with insurance. You may be entitled to financial compensation if a negligent company exposed you to silica dust. Talk with the law firm of Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC about how we may be able to assist you in gaining the justice you deserve.
For more information about occupational lung diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, or silicosis, talk with our Columbus workers comp attorneys today. We offer a free consultation to discuss your potential workers compensation benefits claim as well as legal rights you may be unaware that you have. Since 1928, our firm has represented victims who sustained injuries at work.
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