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You have suffered a silcosis illness which has been caused by exposure to silica dust in your work or workplace.

  • Chronic Silicosis
  • Acute Silicosis
  • Accelerated Silicosis

 

About Silica Dust Related Illnesses

Exposure to silica dust has been recognised as an occupational health hazard for many years. If your job or workplace exposed you to silica dust, you may have already developed a silica dust related illness or be at an increased risk of doing so in the future. Silica is a mineral found in rock so potentially any worker who, through their employment, has come into contact with dust from rocks, stones and sand could be at risk.

Your employer is under a legal duty to ensure your well being and protection in the work place and to minimise the risk of silica dust exposure. If you are suffering from an silica dust related illness, you may have grounds for a no win, no fee claim.

 

There are many occupations that can potentially lead to silica dust exposure including;

Construction workers                                   Quarry Workers

Stonemasons                                                  Sandblasters

Grinders                                                          Tilers

Polishers                                                         Foundry Workers

and many more.

 

Exposure can also occur in many different workplaces including;

Construction Sites                                        Quarries

Mines                                                              Glass Manufacturers

Foundries                                                       Tunnels

and many others.

 

There are three different types of silica dust related illnesses. The symptoms caused by these can vary in severity from a minor condition where there is little physical impact to fatal conditions. When there is prolonged exposure to silica dust, the inhalation of the dust particles can cause damage and or scarring to the lungs, preventing the lungs from operating effectively. Symptoms associated with silicosis include

 

- Coughing

- Rapid breathing

- Shortness of breath

- General respiratory problems

- Chest pains

- Tiredness

- Nail abnormalities

 

Silicosis can also lead to tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumothorax.

 

The following are examples of silica dust related illnesses. If any of these affect you, or if you have concerns regarding your exposure to silica dust, then please contact us to discuss the possibility of bringing a no win, no fee claim.

Chronic Silicosis

This condition is often caused where a worker has been exposed to low amounts of silica dust over a long period of time, usually over twenty years. Due to the length of the exposure, the chest wall may be inflamed and there may be damage to the lungs.

 

Acute Silicosis

This condition results from a high exposure to silica dust over a short period of time. This condition can cause low levels of oxygen in the lung and can sometimes cause fluid build up in the lungs.

 

Accelerated Silicosis

This condition results from exposure to large amounts of silica dust over a more medium length of time, usually around five to ten years.

If you suffer from a silica dust related illness, you may have grounds for a claim.

 

  • You need not be still employed by your employer to make a silica dust related illness claim.
  • You don’t need to have had a formal diagnosis or medical treatment for your condition to make a claim.
  • You may claim even if you were exposed to silica dust many years ago. Many silica dust related illnesses can take decades after exposure has ceased, to develop.

 

For no obligation advice, call free on 0800 092 1443 or fill in the form and we’ll call you back

 

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How Are Silica Dust Illnesses Caused?

If your job or workplace exposed you to silica dust, it is possible that you may have developed a silica dust related illness as a result. Such exposure has been regarded as an occupational hazard for many years and your employer should have taken steps to minimise your exposure.

 

Are There Different Types Of Silica Dust Illnesses?

Yes. The different types of illness can vary in severity from a minor condition with few physical symptoms to malignant and fatal conditions. You may have grounds for a claim if you are suffering from acute silicosis, chronic silicosis or accelerated silicosis.

 

You may also be able to recover past and future loss of earnings and other expenses including medical costs, expenses for adaptations and modifications required around the home, the cost of care plus many others.

If the sufferer has died from their condition, it may be possible for their dependents to bring the claim. Bereavement damages of £12,980 may also be available to a spouse or, if unmarried, any children under 18.

Breathlessness involving a future recovery:    £1,675 – £17,380

Bronchitis and wheezing:                               £15,800 – £26,180

Emphysema:                                                    £41,650 – £58-520

Lung Cancer:                                                  £53,200 – £81,400

Source: Judicial College Guidelines (13th Edition)

Call or email us. There is absolutely no obligation to proceed and if you tell us what’s happened, we will briefly explain if we think you have a claim and the procedure for filing a claim and the time limits that apply.

Step 1

Fill in the contact form above or call us on 0800 092 1443.

Step 2

We discuss your claim to work out your eligibility.

Step 3

We act on your behalf to reach a settlement with the other party.

 

Step 4

You receive your compensation.

 

We offer an absolute and guaranteed no win, no fee agreement, it’s that simple. If successful, we take a fee of up to 20% (plus 4% VAT) of the award of compensation, absolutely no more. If unsuccessful, our clients pay us nothing.

We are an award winning team of solicitors who specialise in industrial illness and injury claims. We use our many years of experience and knowledge in this area to file claims with employers’ insurers. Using our specialist knowledge of health and safety and negligence law, we prove and value our clients’ injuries and successfully negotiate maximum settlements with insurers. Where we are able to prove an injury, we are successful in most claims.

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