Silicosis is one of a number of conditions commonly known by the term pneumoconiosis. Silicosis is usually referred to by the more colloquial term of Potter’s Rot. This is because it is an occupational disease that occurs when people inhale silica dust over a long period of time. Silica exists in nature in various substances. This means anyone who works with marble, plaster, sand and various other similar substances could be at risk of developing silicosis at some point in the future.
There are three main types of silicosis that can develop. Most commonly people are affected by a simple chronic type which occurs when they have been working around silica dust for many years. Only a low level of the dust is required to cause this but it takes years to develop. Next there is an accelerated form of the disease which usually presents within 10 years of being exposed to higher volumes of the dust. Finally the acute version requires exceptionally high dust levels to be present for a person to contract it.
Silicosis cannot be cured but a failure to diagnose silicosis can make things worse, since a patient will not be able to seek therapy to ease their symptoms.
Does silicosis have the potential to change your life if it is not diagnosed?
The severity of symptoms will depend on the type of silicosis you have. You would expect to have it diagnosed properly so appropriate therapy can be prescribed where possible. A failure to diagnose silicosis would be devastating because you may wonder what the problem is and worry over it for a long time. It can be frustrating for you and your family not to know where you stand when you have a disease like this, so a prompt diagnosis can help.
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Accident Advice Helpline is here to provide a source of advice and support if you have been diagnosed with silicosis. We can consider your right to claim for compensation if you call us on our free 24/7 enquiry line – 0800 689 0500 – today. We’re here to help and we have 14 years’ experience in dealing with cases just like yours. Don’t suffer on your own; if you have a right to claim compensation you may find you can get a pay-out capable of making your life easier from now on.
Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown