Inhalation of large amounts of airborne crystalline silica dust by workers led to a stream of cases alleging multiple respiratory diseases, including silicosis (scarring of the lungs), lung cancer and tuberculosis. Selman Breitman represents product manufacturers, property owners and contractors in the defense of these claims.
While industrial claims relating to silica exposure have historically come from sandblasting and mining concerns, the claims have expanded to include more commonplace industries such as masonry/sheetrock construction, work on tunnels and bridges, foundry work, grinding machine operation and agriculture.
As with other mass tort/toxic injury claims, much of the defense of the case relies on counsel's ability to challenge the plaintiffs' experts. This requires significant experience and knowledge with the subject matter and the experts who testify in such claims. Based upon our years of experience, our lawyers are part of a nationwide network of lawyers that share information and databases on these matters, and we bring this expertise and experience to help our clients fight the exposure risks presented by these claims.
If you would like to discuss a specific silica issue, please contact us to speak with an experienced toxic tort attorney at Selman Breitman.