Silicosis is the most common occupational lung disease worldwide, although it is becoming less and less prevalent over the years. Unfortunately, in the coal fields of West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky, it is not rare enough. In fact, the number of cases diagnosed has been increasing. It happens more than it should because employers fail to follow the proper techniques to minimize silica dust exposure among workers. At Bailey, Javins & Carter, L.C., we hold these employers accountable for the harm they cause. Since 1970, our lawyers have helped coal miners and other workers who have suffered silicosis get compensation.
What Is Silicosis?
Silicosis is often confused with or referred to as black lung disease. Black lung disease/coal worker’s pneumoconiosis is actually a different condition. Black lung is the result of inhalation of coal dust. Silicosis occurs after inhaling silica dust. Both are common among coal miners in West Virginia. Both have similar symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath. Both can lead to serious complications. A miner can even suffer both diseases, depending on the type of dust exposures during a career.
Compensation for Medical Expenses
Silicosis is not reversible. However, there are treatments that can alleviate the symptoms from the serious complications that can arise. Treatments include antibiotics, other medications and even lung transplants in the most severe cases. Our goal is to make certain that you get compensation for medical expenses and all other costs.
We work on a contingent fee basis. We do not get paid unless you do.
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