Long-term exposure to various kinds of dust particles, including coal dust and silica dust, can lead to serious lung disease and life-threatening conditions such as silicosis or black lung.
Manufacturers of masks and respirators are required by law to produce products that are safe and effective when used as intended by workers and individuals in certain industries. Masks and respirators have particulate air filters to remove microscopic particles down to a certain size. However, many of the masks and respirators manufactured prior to the 1980s were defective.
Manufacturers of certain paper dust masks and respirators did not meet National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requirements for the filtering of coal dust and silica, the main causes of black lung and silicosis. The masks removed larger dust particles, but the smaller particles passed through the masks and respirators into the individual’s lungs. Even though the mask you wore may have been OSHA approved, it still may have been defective.
You may have worn a dust mask as instructed, but unfortunately the dust mask may not have done its job of protecting you. If you have worked around silica dust or coal dust and have developed symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue or a persistent cough, you need to seek medical attention from a qualified medical provider. You also have a legal right to seek compensation if you have developed a respiratory disease caused by a defective mask.
The money received from such a lawsuit may pay your future medical bills and give your family some financial security. But defective products cases are a complex area of law. You want a knowledgeable personal injury attorney experienced in handling defective mask or respiratory cases. The Cagle Law Firm is currently handling defective mask or respiratory cases in many states. Regardless of the state in which you live, The Cagle Law Firm may be able to assist you.
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The defective respirator and mask lawyers at The Cagle Law Firm assist workers and individuals harmed by defective mask or respirators in Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois. Find out how we can help you.
Call our St. Louis defective mask attorneys today at 1.800. 685-3302, locally 314.276.1681 or fill out our online contact form. We can answer your questions and provide you with a detailed explanation of your legal rights. There is no charge for your initial consultation and case evaluation.