Filing a Silicosis Lawsuit in Los Angeles, California
Silica has been a known danger for numerous decades. Many studies discuss the need for the prevention of silica exposure in the workplace. Despite these studies and various laws, many manufacturers, suppliers, and employers fail to provide warnings or adequate safety equipment to workers. When workers who have been exposed to silica dust develop silicosis, these entities should be held accountable to pay fair compensation.
If you’re looking to file a lawsuit against your employer — or another at-fault party — after being diagnosed with silicosis, contact us at Backus & Ernst, LLP. We are a team of experienced trial attorneys well-versed in silicosis claims. Discover how we can help you understand your options and build a strong case for compensation.
Reach out to us today at our office in Los Angeles, California. We proudly represent clients throughout the state, including residents of Bakersfield, Long Beach, San Diego, and Oakland.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined that silicosis is 100% preventable with properly working protective equipment. Individuals who work in high-risk areas for silicosis, such as miners and sandblasters, can be protected from silicosis by means of respirators, gas masks, and other equipment designed to prevent silica from entering the lungs.
Unfortunately, many employers choose to sacrifice the safety of their employees for their own profit by failing to provide workers with proper respiratory equipment. In cases such as these, employers deserve to be held responsible for their roles in their employees' silicosis diagnoses.
Legal claims involving silicosis can be complex. In most cases, the symptoms will not show for years after the exposure. Companies may try to argue that your disease was caused by intervening events instead of their work environments. Getting help from a team of experienced attorneys might allow you to trace the disease back to your workplace exposure to silica dust.
Seek Fair Compensation
In some cases, workers are exposed to silica dust because of the negligence of third parties at the worksite. For example, if a subcontractor is sandblasting at a construction site without protecting workers around the site from silica dust, a worker who subsequently develops silicosis may file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits from the employer and a personal injury lawsuit against the third-party subcontractor.
If you believe that you might have silicosis, get medical attention as soon as possible. Be sure to tell your doctor about your work history and your suspicions. This will make it much likelier that you will be properly diagnosed. If you are diagnosed with silicosis, seek legal counsel from a lung injury and silicosis attorney as soon as possible.
At Backus & Ernst, LLP, we have a track record of success in handling cases for clients throughout California. We’re ready to help you pursue the compensation you deserve after your employer failed to protect you from the dangers of silica dust exposure. Team up with us to start building your case.
Silicosis Lawsuit Inquiry
If you would like more information or wish to discuss a potential legal claim or lawsuit with an attorney regarding a silicosis lawsuit, reach out to us at Backus & Ernst, LLP. All inquiries, including information provided, are confidential. If your inquiry is accepted for further review, you will receive a prompt response (usually the same day or by the next business day).
When you or a loved one has experienced silicosis problems in California, you deserve to work with a team of dedicated attorneys. Contact our office in Los Angeles today to start learning about your options. We work with clients statewide, including those located in Bakersfield, Long Beach, San Diego, and Oakland.