Silica Exposure and Silicosis Lawsuits
When you dedicate your life to diligently pursuing a living while giving your employer your best efforts, you do not expect your diligence and labor to be rewarded with exposure to a toxic substance. Despite this reasonable expectation, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) estimates that about 2.2 million workers have been exposed to crystalline silica in dust form in the workplace. This exposure has resulted in thousands of union workers, tradespeople, and other workers exposed to substances containing silica suffering a diminishing capacity to breathe due to silicosis, a fatal lung disease.
At Porter & Malouf, P.A., our silica exposure lawyers have experience and a proven track record in silica litigation, as well as the resources to prevail in large toxic tort claims. Whether you are the surviving family member of a worker exposed to silica on the job, or you are suffering from silica-related medical conditions, the serious nature of silicosis merits representation by a law firm recognized as the 14th Winningest Law Firm in the Country as featured in the 2002 National Law Journal.
The Problem with Silica Exposure
Crystalline silica is considered among the most common minerals, but exposure to the substance in dust form can be fatal. People who inhale silica dust particles in the workplace, from sources near their home, or the products they handle can develop severe health problems that include:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Lung Cancer
- Kidney Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Silicosis is a common and potentially deadly condition experienced by many workers in a variety of industrial, construction, mining, and manufacturing settings. Silicosis is a fatal disease that is caused by inhaling silica dust. When the silica particles are inhaled into the lungs, the dust damages the lung tissue which causes fibrosis or scarring. This damage to the lungs can compromise lung function. Individuals with silicosis often experience tuberculosis as a complication. Tuberculosis constitutes the most common cause of death among those suffering from silica exposure. Studies indicate the development of silicosis triples the risk of developing tuberculosis.
How Porter & Malouf, P.A. Can Help Silica Exposure Victims
Lawsuits involving exposure to toxic substances like silica or asbestos in the workplace, environment, or products involve complicated issues that necessitate the use of a law firm with a proven record of success handling these types of claims. Some of the advantages of working with Porter & Malouf, P.A. include:
Recognition of Need for Prompt Investigation: The serious nature of silicosis and other life-threatening diseases caused by silica combined with a substantial lapse of time since exposure makes prompt investigation imperative. Our silica attorneys understand the importance of researching the types and brands of products containing silica, work history, manufacturers and brands of paper dust masks, locations of exposure, blasting equipment, and cartridge manufacturers.
Familiarity with Defense Counsel and Insurance Companies: Our success in large toxic tort cases has allowed our attorneys to develop familiarity with the law firms that defend these cases and the insurance companies that represent the defendants. Because of our multi-million dollar recoveries in silicosis and asbestos cases, these defense firms and insurance carriers respect our firm and recognize the quality of our work. This existing relationship facilitates trust and communication which promotes positive outcomes for our clients.
Established Record of Results and Experience: Porter & Malouf, P.A. is a litigation firm whose attorneys possess over fifty years of collective experience. Our reputation has been built in part on our successful involvement in the last two major asbestos cases in the U.S. Both partners from whom our firm derives its name, Timothy W. Porter and Patrick Cash Malouf, have been given a prestigious “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded. In addition to being designated as the 14th Winningest Law Firm by the 2002 National Law Journal, Tim Porter has been recognized by “Superlawyers” in 2012 and designated by Mississippi’s Business Journal as among the “Leaders in Law” in 2011. These accolades are based to a significant degree on the results we have obtained for our clients. Our law firm has secured the following verdicts and judgments in other toxic tort cases:
- $150 Million Asbestos Personal Injury
- $72 Million Talcum Ovarian Jury Verdict
- $7.6 Million Silica Personal Injury
- $7 Million Lead Paint Personal Injury
Network of Highly Regarded Experts & Extensive Litigation Resources: Toxic tort cases involve a fair amount of complex scientific information about the causal link between a toxic substance like silica and the medical condition experienced by the personal injury or wrongful death victim. Experts used in these cases must have impeccable credentials with the ability to communicate complex scientific and medical information to the judge or jury in a manner that is understandable and persuasive. Because of our law firm’s background handling complex toxic tort cases, we have access to world-renowned experts. These types of lawsuits also entail extensive litigation expenses, and our law firm possesses the litigation resources to invest in pursuing the best results for our clients.
Focus on Client Relations: Although our law firm has been successful in obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements in large-scale litigation and complicated toxic tort cases, our clients appreciate that we treat each client as an individual. Our staff and attorneys are all dedicated to guiding our clients through the litigation process while providing timely case updates and responses to client inquiries. Our attorneys strive to return client calls the same or next business day because we understand that the practice of law should be a client centric endeavor.
Exploring All Avenues to Recovery: Many defendants responsible for silica exposure may pursue the protection of bankruptcy court. Our law firm anticipates this risk, so we explore the potential liability of third party defendants, which might include respiratory equipment manufacturers, sand suppliers and manufacturers, sandblasting equipment suppliers and manufacturers, shot blast cabinet manufacturers, grinding wheel manufacturers, and refractory products manufacturers.
Handling Silica Litigation Specific Issues: Our law firm has successfully represented clients in silicosis cases based on our expertise handling silica specific issues. We explore liability against the company responsible for the unsafe work environment, as well as the manufacturer of the product. Our attorneys also work diligently to prove our clients’ level of breathing impairment to establish medical qualification. Porter & Malouf, P.A. also substantiates our clients’ damage claims in multidistrict litigation (MDL) to secure our clients’ rights to individual jury trials.
Contact Porter & Malouf, P.A. for a Silica Exposure Lawsuit Evaluation
At Porter & Malouf, P.A., our silicosis attorneys represent victims exposed to this toxic substance and the surviving families of wrongful death victims with compassion and tenacity. Our law firm is committed to holding companies that expose individuals to toxic substances accountable for the harm they cause while pursuing the fullest financial recovery for victims and their families. We invite you to contact Porter & Malouf, P.A. at (866) 957-1173 or complete an online contract form for a free case evaluation.