Caused by the inhaling particles of stone, chalicosis is a type of pneumoconiosis, predominant in stonecutters. Sometimes referred to as flint disease, chalicosis is an occupational disease, affecting the lungs and the bronchioles.
While for many, accidents at work involve minor occupational injuries from slips, trips and falls or strain injuries caused by repetitive tasks, for some, accidents at work go above and beyond what anyone expected and they are left with long-term, debilitating work-related illnesses.
Chalicosis: Common causes of the condition
Flint disease or chalicosis is caused when stone particles get into the respiratory system and damage the lungs. The particles cut and scar the lung tissue and make it difficult for the worker to breathe.
It is sometimes hard to recognise that you are suffering from this occupational disease, as many of the symptoms are similar to those common to other ailments, such as asthma. By carrying out tests and small non-invasive procedures, your doctor can diagnose chalicosis.
Chalicosis can be fatal and therefore, diagnosis of the work-related illness is essential. Although it cannot be cured, there are a number of medications and treatments available to control symptoms.
Can you claim compensation for chalicosis?
For sufferers of chalicosis, it is possible to claim compensation for your disease, even if you believe it was caused by a position that you held any number of years ago.
When at work, employers have a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety. If you believe that you have developed a work-related illness as serious as chalicosis due to negligence from your employer, you could have a case eligible for personal injury compensation.
A law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can help you determine if this is the case.
Accident Advice Helpline
Law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, has years of experience in dealing with work-related claims for victims of personal injury. Every case is different and depending on the details of your individual claim, Accident Advice Helpline can advise you if your work-related claim is likely to be successful and is worth pursuing.
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Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice