Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by inhaling fibers of asbestos, a heat-resistant and insulating material. Asbestosis is probably the single most important work-related lung disease. Silicosis is a lung disease caused by inhaling dust-containing silica which is common mineral found in sand, quartz and various types of rock.
Asbestosis fibers and dust containing silica penetrate and irritate the outer parts of the lung, causing inflammation and, over the years, pulmonary fibrosis that is thickening and scarring of lung tissue. An extended period, sometimes 20 years or more, may elapse between exposure to the dust and onset of the disease.
Breathlessness is the main symptom of asbestosis and silicosis and it becomes increasingly severe as the disease develops. There may also be a dry cough and a feeling of tightness in the chest. Eventually, respiratory failure develops.
The Alexander Law Firm will thoroughly, completely, and competently investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your asbestosis or silicosis exposure. We believe that time is of the essence to prevent evidence from being lost or destroyed; therefore, we immediately begin working on your case.
At the Alexander Law Firm, initial consultations are free and you owe it to yourself to know your rights! If you or a loved one has been injured from exposure to asbestos or silica, please call 1-800-350-5110 then press 0 to speak with one of our injury attorneys about your injury.