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Silicosis is a completely preventable but incurable occupational lung disease caused by inhaling silica dust most often found in the air of mines, foundries, blasting operations, and stone, clay and glass manufacturing facilities. The injury is caused by scarring whereby ordinary lung tissue is damaged and scarred by the sharp crystalline structure of the silicon particles that are lodged in the lungs. The effect of this scarring is to reduce the lungs ability to exchange gases such as oxygen and carbon dioxide causing breathlessness. Seriously high levels of exposure can cause significant injury in a very short time however the normal period of exposure necessary to develop this condition exceeds 10 years. Our silicosis solicitors are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts who deal with compensation claims using the risk free no win no fee* scheme.

Silica & Silicosis

Silica is a very common mineral used in many manufacturing processes. When silica is cut, broken, drilled or crushed small particles are released into the atmosphere that can be inhaled causing the respiratory disease known as silicosis. If exposure is due to the negligence of an employer in failing to provide a clean atmosphere and environment then a silicosis solicitor can start a compensation claim for damages for personal injury. The main categories of the disease are :-

  • Chronic - affects workers who inhale small amounts of crystalline silica over 10 to 20 years.
  • Complicated - develops in some chronic sufferers. The function of the lungs is reduced and heart disease may occur. Symptoms include breathlessness, weakness, chest pain and cough.
  • Acute - affects workers who are exposed to large amounts of crystalline silica over several months. Early acute symptoms are difficulty breathing, weight loss, fever and cough however the disease progresses quickly and may lead to severe disability.

Silicosis Solicitors

Our silicosis solicitors operate the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. If you would like legal advice at no cost on injury compensation claims just use the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices and a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts will speak to you on the telephone without obligation.



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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here