Silicosis / Silica - News

March 15, 2004: U.S. Dep't of Energy Acknowledges Silica Exposure
The U.S. Department of Energy acknowledged that workers at the nation's nuclear waste facility in Nevada were exposed to dangerous levels of silica dust while drilling tunnels for the project. At least one lawsuit has been filed over working conditions at the project, brought by a former employee who seeks to have his claim certified as a class action against government contractors.

March 12, 2004: CDC Says Dental Technicians at Risk for Silicosis
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that some dental laboratory employees are at risk of developing silicosis, a deadly form of lung disease that can develop from the inhalation of fine silica dust particles. Technicians in dental labs are specifically at risk due to the use of silica-based materials in the production of dental crowns, molding, and bridges.

March 8, 2004: Ohio Bill Seeks to Limit Silica-Related Lawsuits
A bill in the Ohio House of Representatives seeks to establish certain minimal medical requirements for those filing disease-related silica exposure claims. The bill would also limit the liability of new owners of companies that were responsible for silica-related problems.

January 29, 2004: Texas Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal of Silicosis Claims
A Texas appeals court upheld a lower court decision dismissing power plant employees' claims that they had developed silica and asbestos-related illnesses on the job. The ruling was based on the appeals court's determination that the workers failed to show that they were exposed to any form of silica or asbestos (through pain and other coating substances) that would cause the claimed illnesses, and did not demonstrate an accurate diagnosis of silicosis or asbestosis. Go here to read the full text of the court's decision.

September 6, 2003: New York Times: "First Asbestos, Now Silicosis"
The New York Times reports that asbestos attorneys nationwide are filing more and more silicosis-related lawsuits on behalf of people who claim to have been exposed to dangerous levels of silica. Insurers claim that no real medical crisis exists, and that plaintiff's attorneys are simply manipulating the legal system on behalf of clients who previously filed asbestos-related claims.

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