Silica dust can become trapped inside lung sacs. It damages the linings, makes breathing difficult, and can lead to progressive massive fibrosis. Filing a toxic tort claim for silica dust exposure can result in compensation.
Toxic tort claims get filed when individuals or groups of people are exposed to hazardous substances, like toxic mold, fumes, or other hazardous materials, in workplaces and homes. It must be proven that their illness(es) are directly related to the exposure.
The word “tort” is a legal term for an action that causes someone injury or illness. The responsible party might be a company, entity, or an individual.
Once you have been diagnosed with silicosis and provided with a treatment plan, keep your medical records and bills organized. The environmental hazard should be reported, as there are laws companies need to follow. When they fail to do so, they may be held accountable. An experienced environmental lawyer can help you report the problem to the appropriate authorities. Also, be sure to tell your employer if the illness or injury is from exposure at work.
Toxic tort claims are complex and challenging, especially when the defendant is a large corporation. This is why it makes sense to work with an attorney with experience representing clients seeking damages for silicosis. They can help estimate your financial and non-financial losses and work to seek the compensation you may be entitled to.
The steps include filing paperwork, gathering evidence, and speaking with insurance companies. You and your lawyer may work with expert witnesses who can provide testimony to support the claim. If the claim goes to court, your lawyer can represent you.
Silicosis is a severe disease that can be work-related or be caused for other reasons. If you were diagnosed with it and want to explore your legal options, speak with a skilled Wilmington environmental lawyer at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Call us at 302-656-5445 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we serve clients in Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.