Silicosis is a rare complication of short term exposure to very large amounts of silica. Respirable crystalline silica RCS is found in stone, rocks, sands and clays. Exposure to the substance causes scarring or hardening of lung tissue and reduces the effectiveness of the lungs.
Suffers experience severe shortness of breath, making walking short distances extremely difficult. The effects of the condition continue to develop even after exposure has stopped and the effects are irreversible. The majority of sufferers become house or bed bound by their condition.
People who are exposed to silica tend to work in quarrying, construction, and industries using silica flour to manufacture goods. If you have developed silicosis as a result of exposure to crystalline silica at work, you could be entitled to claim compensation from your current or previous employer.
Carrs solicitors have significant experience of helping individuals and families affected by industrial disease, and we are committed to getting the best results for our clients to ensure they get the compensation they and their families deserve.
Exposure to silica is much more common in certain industries and occupations, including:
Sufferers of silicosis are also at an increased risk of lung cancer, tuberculosis, kidney disease and arthritis. The condition is debilitating and life changing for those unfortunate enough to develop it and at Carrs solicitors we understand the impact it can have on sufferers and their families.
Employers have a duty of care to protect their employees from illness and injury in the workplace. They are responsible for your well being when working around hazardous substances. There is a recognised workplace exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica and if your employer has allowed you to work in conditions where the exposure level is above this limit you could be entitled to make a claim against them for negligence.
We represent clients on a no win no fee basis this means that if the claim fails there is no fee. There are no up front payments and we only seek a contribution if the claim succeeds which to be paid from any damages awarded with the vast majority of the award going to the client.
At Carrs Solicitors, you will always have a senior solicitor who will personally handle every aspect of your personal injury claim and who will always be available to answer your questions. We are ready to listen and to offer free impartial advice in strict confidence.
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