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Silica / Silicosis

Silicosis is an incurable respiratory disease caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust (SiO2).  When someone inhales crystalline silica, their lung tissue reacts by developing fiber nodules and scarring around trapped silica particles. This inflamed and scarred condition of the lungs is called silicosis. In severe situations, breathing becomes difficult and death may result. In less severe situations, the person may develop restricted or obstructed breathing, chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis, or even lung cancer.

Workers that are at high risk for Silicosis include sandblasters, foundry workers, rock drillers, quarry workers, stonecutters, construction workers, or other workers that drill; tunnel; manufacture soaps, abrasives, electronics, & detergents; or work with ceramics.

OSHA recognizes exposure to silica as a potential danger to workers and recommends employers & workers take safety precautions to avoid unnecessary exposure and limit danger by wearing respiratory protection, wetting down dust, periodic respiratory tests of workers, placing warning signs in dangerous areas, and conducting air monitoring.    

If you or a loved one are being exposed to high levels of silica without proper protection, it is important to protect yourself as well as contact OSHA regarding any unsafe work practices.  Also if you or a loved one have restricted or obstructed lung capacity that you think was caused by exposure to silica, it is important to seek proper medical treatment.  

If you feel you and/or your loved ones have been poisoned through the negligent or intentional acts of others, you may have a legal remedy against the wrongful actor and should contact an attorney in your area, where the exposure occurred, or where the wrongful actor is head quartered.  If you have any questions please e-mail silica@texaslawyers.com.


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It is well established that many large corporations have profited from selling toxic products or products that cause toxic exposure without regard to the health consequences of the products.  Some of the most well known toxic products are asbestos products and bad drugs.  The asbestos products have been found to cause mesothelioma and several forms of cancer and other asbestos diseases, while dangerous drugs have been linked to death, serious heart problems, drug interactions, and suicide.  Other dangerous products that have been linked to serious disease include silica, chemical pollutants, lead, radon, EMFs, welding rodstoxic mold infestations and other environmental toxins have caused death and serious harm to millions.  In the work environment alone undisclosed and known toxins including asbestos, silica, and welding rods have caused occupational diseases and fatalities including mesothelioma, numerous forms of cancer, and Parkinson's disease.

This web site was created by Texas Toxic Tort Lawyer Jason Coomer and is intended only as general information on some of the most dangerous products and toxic products that have been sold by drug manufacturers, medical device manufacturers, and asbestos manufacturers, or are in use by large companies attempting to profit and make money from the sale of dangerous products that can cause serious toxic exposures.  For more information on a dangerous product or toxic exposure follow the links found above, e-mail  an inquiry to info@toxicexposurelaw.com, or submit an inquiry.

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