Have you ever heard of silicosis? Few people have, and yet those who suffer from this disease will know only too well the consequences it may have. It is a condition that, once diagnosed, is suffered from on a long-term basis. However, it can take many years for the condition to become present once someone has been exposed to the cause.
In the case of silicosis, silica is the substance that causes the disease. This can be inhaled in a variety of different working situations. These include potteries, locations where sand blasting takes place, stone masonry work and also construction sites. Since silica occurs in rock and clay among other substances, it is easy to see how people working with these materials could potentially be affected.
How long might it take to get industrial silicosis?
People who seek industrial silicosis compensation typically do so many years after they were working with the substance that had silica present in it. Sometimes you would need to have worked with something containing silica for a long time – at least a decade. Anything less than this is unlikely to cause the condition to present itself.
If you are diagnosed with silicosis and you believe it occurred in an industrial setting, you should see whether you could make a claim for industrial silicosis compensation. It is wise to contact a lawyer with specific experience in this area if you can. It makes it a lot easier to find out the facts of your situation and how much you might be entitled to claim in compensation.
How do you know if you have silicosis?
A diagnosis is usually made according to the symptoms you have as well as the work you have previously done. For example, coughing, shortness of breath and a general weak feeling and tiredness are all combined to indicate the condition. Your GP will also want to know where you worked and when, and for how long, to identify the condition. X-rays and CT scans are also often used to help diagnosis the condition.
Once you have a positive diagnosis it is time to consider making a compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline could help you in this case. If you get in touch on 0800 689 0500 we might be able to connect you with a one of our professional injury compensation lawyers who can help in this way.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead