Silica Isnt the Next Asbestos

Although it is not and probably never will be the problem that asbestos is for businesses and insurers, silica-related claims and lawsuits have been steadily increasing for the past few years, according to plaintiff and defense attorneys practicing in this field.

According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, silicosis, a respiratory disorder characterized by the formation of nodules and fibrous scar tissue on the lungs, is the oldest known occupational disease. It is caused by inhaling silica particles from quartz found in rocks and sand.

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