Silicosis is an incurable lung disease caused by inhaling crystalline silica dust, a mineral present in common materials such as sand, stone, brick, cement, quartz, soil, mortar and some engineered stone products.
Workers in the construction industry are more likely to be at risk. Common tasks where you may be exposed to silica dust include:
If you work in an industry where you’re frequently exposed to dust or other harmful particles, there’s a chance you could be getting sick from what you’re breathing in. Whether or not you develop the disease will depend on a variety of factors, including how much silica is found within the dust you are exposed to and the precautions taken to limit exposure.
Depending on the level of exposure to silica, symptoms of silicosis could take years to develop.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with silicosis include:
Along with the silicosis diagnosis, people who are exposed to this disease have a greater likelihood of developing other serious conditions. These can include:
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If you’ve been exposed and suffer from silicosis or a silica-related disease, you may be eligible for compensation.
At GMP Law, we claim damages for pain and suffering, economic loss both past and future and medical expenses, along with domestic assistance damages to compensate you for your loss of independence due to your debilitating disease
While there are calls to ban engineered stone into the future, for many of our hard working Aussies, it may be too late as the damage has already been done.
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