If you have been diagnosed with Silicosis within the last 3 years and it is associated with your past or present employment then contact LPS today.
LPS has dedicated Industrial Disease solicitors that have helped thousands of people successfully claim silicosis compensation. We aim to the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim using our No Win No Fee claims process.
What is Silicosis?
Silicosis is a completely preventable but incurable respiratory disease which is, fortunately, now rare in the UK. It is caused by inhaling silica dust (or‘chrystalline’ silica). If this dust is inhaled, small particles of it can become embedded into parts of the lung and cannot be cleared by mucous or coughing. The dust is toxic to the lining of the lungs causing a strong inflammatory reaction. Eventually, this causes the lung tissue to become irreversibly thickened and scarred – a condition known as fibrosis. This scar tissue prevents the lungs from taking in oxygen properly.
Serious exposure to high levels of silica can cause disease within a year, but it usually takes at least 10 – 15 years of exposure before symptoms occur. The longer the interval between exposure and the onset of symptoms, the slower the disease tends to progress.
Types of Silicosis
Chronic Silicosis is the most common form, caused by long-term exposure (usually more than 20 years) to low levels of silica dust. It may cause breathing problems and result in a dry cough (with or without pain). It can take a long time for symptoms to appear by which point the lungs can have suffered widespread damage.
Accelerated Silicosis is caused by exposure to a higher level of silica over a shorter period of time, (usually between 5 to 15 years). Swelling in the lungs and symptoms occur faster than in chronic silicosis. Symptoms can include severe shortness of breath, weakness, and weight loss.
Acute Silicosis is the rarest form of silicosis and symptoms develop quickly after only a short period of exposure to high levels of silica dust, often leading to immediate damage. Symptoms start with breathlessness and a dry cough which continues to worsen despite treatment. The lungs become very inflamed and can fill with fluid causing severe shortness of breath. Sadly this acute form of the disease is often fatal.
What to do now?
If you believe you are suffering from Silicosis or have been diagnosed with it you may able to claim compensation. Contact LPS we work on a No Win No Fee basis so call our Industrial Disease solicitors today on 0800 996 1807, text 4myclaim to 88802, chat to us online or complete our short form now.