What is Silicosis?
Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust is found in stone, sandstone, marble, rocks, flint, slate, soil, mortar, plaster, sands and clays.
Long-term exposure to RCS within your employment could have caused lung tissue to harden and scar and inflame the upper areas of the lungs, which in turn limits the function of the lungs – this presents as Silicosis, an Industrial Disease. There is a chance that silica dust may also be linked to lung cancer. Workers who have been diagnosed with silicosis are at an increased risk of tuberculosis, kidney disease and arthritis. Symptoms that sufferers may experience often get worse as the disease develops and may include the following:
- Shortness of breath
- A persistent cough
- Tightness and pain in your chest
- Unable to eat properly/change in appetite
- Respiratory problems
- Heart problems
There are three main forms of silicosis:
This is the most common form of the disease, which can take over ten years of low level exposure to present its symptoms. Anyone who is diagnosed early and can then avoid any further exposure to RCS dust may only have a few symptoms.
This form of the disease develops more quickly - between five and ten years - as there has often been a higher level of exposure. The symptoms are very similar to chronic silicosis, but the risk of developing complications later can be higher.
This form of the disease develops very quickly and is caused by exposure to extremely high concentrations of the RCS dust over a short period of time. The symptoms can develop within a couple of weeks of exposure and up to five years afterwards and are similar to those found in the other forms of the disease, but there is usually severe breathlessness present and further complications can arise as a result.
Workers in which industries are most likely to be at risk of developing Silicosis?
Employers across all industries are expected to ensure that their employees are protected from unnecessary exposure to dangerous and hazardous materials and to ensure that their staff follow all safety precautions. However, it is possible that negligence can occur due to the actions or inactions of your current or previous employer which in turn causes you to develop silicosis. As a result, you may be able to claim compensation.
You may be at risk of developing silicosis if you worked in the following industries:
- Industries where silica flour was used
This list is not exhaustive, and just because the industry that you worked in is not listed it does not mean you are unable to make a claim. If you believe that your silicosis was caused by your employment many years ago, please contact T G Baynes for an informal chat to see how we may be able to assist you.
Can I make a compensation claim for Silicosis?
Due to their individual nature, claims for Industrial Diseases vary in severity, and this is also the case with a claim for silicosis. With our extensive experience in managing such claims, we can say that the more debilitating that your silicosis is the more compensation tends to be awarded, but that each case and claim is different in many ways and individual to the person bringing it.
How do I make a Compensation claim for Silicosis?
T G Baynes solicitors have wide experience in helping other people claim for silicosis and understand what an incredibly worrying time this is for you and your family. By nature, Industrial Disease claims can sometimes be more complicated than other personal injury claims, mainly due to the time that has lapsed between when you were employed and when the symptoms of the silicosis became apparent. We often have to employ the services of an industry expert for their advice as evidence is needed to prove a link between the silicosis and your employment, which your solicitor will manage within your claim.
Our expert solicitors will guide you through the process of making a claim for silicosis and will take all details of your previous employment and the job you did. We will advise what we can do on your behalf to claim the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to. We listen to your needs and concerns at this difficult time whilst advising you of the most appropriate legal process to follow to ensure the right result for you. You are always given all the facts you need to make informed decisions about your claim.
T G Baynes can offer No Win No Fee Agreements (CFAs) on qualifying cases. If you would like to speak to us about making a Compensation Claim, please call us on 020 8301 7777 or email email@example.com