Dust Disease Solicitors - Mining Compensation Claim Solicitors
Our dust disease solicitors have many years experience in handling injury compensation claims throughout Australia. If you are suffering from a dust disease or have lost a loved one as a result of a dust disease, we can advise you of your rights to compensation.
Time limits apply when making compensation claims, so you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. Call our helpline, complete our Contact Form or send an email to receive legal assistance.
Miners and Dust Diseases
It was recognised many years ago that workers in the mining industry have higher levels of respiratory disease than the general population. Miners, drillers, tunnelers, mobile rig drill operators and diggers are all at risk of developing a dust disease due to exposure to dust particles which can contain asbestos, silica, coal and other minerals and metals.
Inhaled particles of dust, reach the terminal airways of the lungs and alveoli, and settle in the epithelial lining of the lungs. The dust particles may cause an inflammatory reaction within the lung. Miners can get any or all of chronic bronchitis, COPD, pneumoconiosis and various other specific dust diseases.
Many dust diseases start out without any symptoms. As the disease progresses, symptoms may be felt such as a persistent cough and shortness of breath. Chest radio-graphs are the cornerstone of surveillance for dust diseases in the workplace. Computed tomography (CT) and high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) are able to characterise lung and pleural lesions, as to their extent and confluence, with remarkable precision and are considerably more sensitive than the conventional chest x-rays.
There is no cure for a dust disease. Treatment depends on the nature of the condition and often involves medication to manage symptoms.
Types of Dust Diseases
There are numerous illnesses and diseases that are caused or exacerbated by exposure to dust including :
- Asbestos induced carcinoma
- Asbestos related pleural disease
- Progressive massive fibrosis
- Caplan's syndrome
- Bauxite worker's lung
- Shaver's disease
- Beryllium granulomatosis
- Lung cancer
Causes of Dust Diseases
Coal :- Mining of coal, in particular hard coal, can lead to exposure of coal dust. This can cause simple pneumoconiosis, progressive massive fibrosis, and caplan's syndrome.
Silica:- Sandblasting, stone cutting, and hard rock mining are occupations which can result in exposure to silica dust. This can cause silicosis and caplan's syndrome.
Asbestos:- Miners can be exposed to asbestos which can cause conditions such as asbestosis, benign asbestos-related pleural disease, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Beryllium:- Exposure to minerals containing beryllium can cause acute berylliosis or beryllium granulomatosis.
Barium sulphate:- Exposure to barium sulphate can cause baritosis.
Tin oxide:- Exposure to tin oxide during mining can cause stannosis.
Aluminium: Exposure to aluminium during mining can cause bauxite worker's lung, Shaver's disease.
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