The symptoms of silicosis often take between ten and twenty years to appear, but when they do, they can be very disabling. It's very important, particularly if you currently work or have previously worked in any of the at-risk industries, to know these symptoms and be able to recognise the warning signs early.
What are the symptoms of silicosis?
There are three main forms of silicosis:
- Simple chronic silicosis – this is the most common form of the disease and usually takes over ten years of low level exposure to become symptomatic. The severity of the symptoms can vary greatly. Those who are diagnosed early on and avoid any further exposure may have few symptoms at all.
Overall, however, silicosis sufferers are at greater risk of contracting tuberculosis, arthritis and kidney disease. There may also be links to the development of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Symptoms get worse as fibrosis develops and may include the following:
- Breathlessness, especially after exertion
- A feeling of tightness in the chest
- Lack of appetite
- Blue tinge to the skin
- Chest pain
- Respiratory problems
- Heart problems
- Accelerated silicosis – this form of the disease develops more quickly (between five and ten years) as a result of a higher level of exposure. The symptoms are very similar to chronic silicosis, but there is a greater risk of developing complications.
- Acute silicosis – acute silicosis is a very rapid form of the disease, caused by exposure to very high concentrations of the dust over a short period of time. The symptoms can take any time between a few weeks and five years to develop and, again, are similar to those found in the other forms, but there is usually severe breathlessness, and further complications – including weight loss and even death - are much more likely
Can I claim for silicosis?
If you are at all concerned that you have silicosis, you should contact your doctor immediately. The symptoms can be very difficult to live with but are manageable if recognised and treated early.
If your silicosis has been caused by a past employer's negligence, then you should be able to claim compensation. With years of experience behind us and many successful personal injury claims made for unfairly injured and ill workers, Thompsons Solicitors is a firm you want by your side when seeking recompense for your suffering.
Our solicitors approach all cases with care and sensitivity, understanding what a difficult time this is likely to be for you and your family. They will strive to make the whole process as straightforward as possible with their expert advice, fighting for a just outcome at every turn.
Call us on 0800 0891331 for a free discussion on your claim with the right legal expert, and find out how our No Win No Fee Solicitors package could help you obtain the redress you deserve – without building up any unnecessary legal fees.