New York Silicosis Lawyers Who Fight for Workers Exposed to Silica Rock Dust
Silicosis is an incurable, debilitating and often fatal lung disease caused by breathing in rock dust—or crystalline silica exposure. It is most often found in the lungs of tunnel workers, also known as sandhogs, who dig, blast and grind through underground rock, often working in a cloud of silica dust.
If you’ve been diagnosed with silicosis, you may assume you’ll get workers compensation benefits to help you with medical bills and lost wages. But workers compensation insurance companies often discount tunnel digger dust exposure illnesses, saying they’re nothing more than pre-existing conditions due to smoking or other environmental causes. Once they know you have an experienced New York silicosis lawyer on your side, though, they’ll listen. With our 80-year reputation for high success rates due to diligent case preparation, workman’s comp adjusters don’t mess with us. They typically will settle out of court because they know full well cancer due to job duties is serious, and that we mean business.
Tunnel Digger Silicosis Demands Aggressive NY Workers Compensation Attorney at Your Side
Dust-inhalation silicosis causes a variety of health problems and deadly conditions, including:
- Lung nodules or fibrosis causing chronic lung scarring and inflammation
- Silica dust in the lungs and chest lymph nodes
- Fluid in the lungs
- Low blood oxygen levels
- Breathlessness resembling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cough with sputum similar to chronic bronchitis and emphysema
- Possible progression into tuberculosis (TB)
- Weight loss
If You’ve Been Breathing Rock Dust at Work and Now Have Lung Problems, Call a Silicosis Attorney in NY!
Sandhog silicosis affects anyone involved in tunneling, rock quarrying, rock drilling, crushing stone, chipping, grinding, sandblasting, mining or polishing in foundry work, pottery factories, shaking out molds, cutting or manufacturing heat-resistant fire bricks. Dust masks do little to prevent silicosis. As any work injury lawyer will attest, this is the most common form of so-called safety gear that people in these professions wear. From Long Island to Westchester to Staten Island, we help silicosis victims get the justice they deserve. Call Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP toll-free at (800) 692-3717 or contact us online for a free evaluation.