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Silicosis - Silica Dust Exposure to the Railroad Worker

FELA LAWSUIT FOR SILICOSIS
Many railroad workers are exposed to silica dust from ballast operations, sandblasting, painting, rock drilling, chipping and in tunnel and track construction and repair. Maintenance of way workers, especially those who regularly operate machinery such as ballast regulators, spenos, adzers, brooms, scarfires, tie tampers, undercutters, and related machinery are especially at risk for contracting silicosis and other related lung diseases. Ballast, the rocks which are placed under rails and between railroad ties, are often granite and sometimes limestone. Granite contains high quantities of silica (quartz). As the ballast is manipulated, drilled, hammered, crushed and leveled during Maintenance of Way operations, silica dust is generated which is often inhaled by the railroad workers.

Many other railroad workers are exposed to asbestos products which can cause asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma. An injured railroad worker who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma can file a FELA lawsuit. Additionally, the family of the railroad worker has legal rights under the FELA and other legal actions against the asbestos manufacturers and distributors of these asbestos products.

SILICOSIS- A RAILROAD WORKERS DISEASE

Silicosis Attorney  Silicosis is the chronic fibrosing disease of the lungs produced by the prolonged and extensive exposure to free crystalline silica dust. When workers inhale crystalline silica (dust), the lung tissue reacts by developing fibrotic nodules and scarring around the trapped silica particles. This fibrotic condition of the lung is called silicosis. If the nodules grow too large, breathing becomes difficult and death may result. Silicosis victims are also at high risk of developing active tuberculosisSilicosis is scarring of the lung due to breathing silica (quartz) dust. Silicosis is one of the most common forms of pneumoconiosis (lung diseases caused by inhaling certain mineral dusts). Exposure to silica (quartz) dust causes changes on a chest x-ray which can be evaluated by a doctor trained in diagnosing silica-caused diseases.Silicosis is a latent disease, that is, it develops slowly over many years. Silica-caused diseases often do not appear for 10-15 years after a railroad workerís exposure to silica (quartz) dust. However, once you have inhaled silica (quartz) dust, it cannot be removed from your lungs.           

Types of Silicosis:

A railroad worker exposed to silica dust may develop any of three types of silicosis, depending on the concentration of airborne silica:

  • Chronic silicosis, which usually occurs after ten or more years of exposure to crystalline silica at relatively low concentrations.
  • Accelerated silicosis which results from exposure to high concentrations of crystalline silica and develops five to ten years after the initial exposure.
  • Acute silicosis, which occurs where exposure concentrations are the highest and can cause symptoms to develop within a few weeks to four or five years after the initial exposure.
Silicosis Symptoms for Railroad Workers Exposed to Silica Dust:
 
Early stages of silicosis may go unnoticed for the railroad worker. Continued exposure to silica dust at work for the railroad may result in a shortness of breath on exercising, possible fever and occasionally bluish skin at the ear lobes or lips. Silicosis makes a person more susceptible to infectious diseases of the lungs, such as tuberculosis. Progression of silicosis leads to fatigue, extreme shortness of breath, loss of appetite, pains in the chest, and respiratory failure, which may cause death. Further the diesel fumes and other types of smoke and fumes only make the workers ability to breath even harder and should be avoided.
 
At Risk Railroad Jobs with Potential for Silica Dust Exposure:
 
It is generally recognized that some railroad workers have the high risk of being exposed to silica dust and contracting silicosis:
  • Construction
  • Mining - Tunneling
  • Sandblasting
  • Stone Crushing
  • Rock Quarries Work- Rock Drilling
  • Masonry - Cement Work
  • Demolition
  • Sandblast Dust Exposure to other Non-Sandblasters in work area
  • Plumbing
  • Painting

FELA LAWSUIT FOR SILICA DUST EXPOSURE RESULTING IN SILICOSIS:

If are you or a loved one was railroad worker and you have been diagnosed with silicosis or mesothelioma or you believe that due to your railroad employment that you have been exposed to free silica dust or asbestos products, then call us to discuss what can be done to protect your legal rights and whether or not you have possible silicosis based lawsuit under the FELA. Often our clients do not know when or where they were exposed to the silica dust. However after careful investigation and discussions with the worker about their job history, work duties and the types of products and materials that they worked with, the workers often are able to discover and understand their silica exposure history.

Sometimes due to health reasons,it becomes necessary to enlist the help of former co-workers to help uncover the exposure history. All  cases are handling by a contingency fee contract, which means that there will be NO charges to the client for any attorneys fees or legal cases expenses unless we make a recovery for the client.

NO FEES OR EXPENSES CHARGED TO CLIENT(s) UNLESS A RECOVERY OR SETTLEMENT IS OBTAINED.

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Mr. Willis is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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