Silicosis is a form of occupational lung disease, which is caused by workers inhaling crystalline silica dust found in bricks, concrete, sandstone and granite. It is most prevalent where workers’ daily tasks involve sandblasting, stone cutting, hard surface grinding and excavation. These tasks emit particles of silica into the air that workers inhale. We are experts in personal injury compensation Brisbane and beyond, so leave your claim to us!
The Cancer Council says that in 2011 about 587,000 workers were exposed to silica dust. Of these, some 5700 will develop lung cancer in the future.
Signs and symptoms of silicosis can occur quite quickly after exposure or may take many years to develop. Symptoms include shortness of breath, a cough, fatigue, chest pain and fever. This can lead to chronic bronchitis, obstructed airflow, autoimmune disease and many other complications. These symptoms impact the lifestyle of you and your loved ones. Our team is experienced in seeking personal injury compensation Brisbane, Gold Coast and beyond!
Silicosis can be prevented, as prevention methods have been well known for many years. Despite this, some employers do not adopt full prevention methods which include wearing protective masks, utilising tools with vacuums, wetting down surfaces being worked on and vacuuming work areas.
Silicosis is not new and its existence and causes have been well known around the world for many years. Despite this, many Queensland workers have recently been diagnosed with silicosis. It is expected that in coming years many more workers will suffer from and be diagnosed with this work-related disease.
If you have been diagnosed with silicosis or believe you may be suffering from silicosis Your Claim Lawyers can assist with your claim. Please call us at any time on 1800 968 725 or 0400 839 314. Your Claim Lawyers is on your side.