Silica is a substance found in dirt, sand, quartz, granite, and other stones. Cutting, grinding, or drilling rocks that contain silica will send tiny particles of dust through the air. By inhaling silica dust, you may be at risk for a serious lung disease called silicosis. Silica exposure is mainly an issue for workers in the following industries:
According to OSHA, employers can limit silica exposure by monitoring air quality and making sure workers wear protective clothing. However, employers don't always comply with OSHA's safety standards. When this happens, you are put at risk for an occupational exposure.
If you've been exposed to silica at work, you can file a claim to receive NJ workers' compensation benefits. This is true even if your accident or exposure is your fault. As long as your NJ work injury arose out of and in the course of your job, you have a valid claim. You may be entitled to fully paid medical care, wage compensation, and a cash settlement for your injuries.
Filing a workers' compensation claim is a confusing process. If you've been hurt at work, it's important that you understand your rights and know how to protect them. An experienced NJ silica exposure lawyer can help. Manfred Ricciardelli has 20 years of experience representing injured workers in New Jersey. He will fight to get you and your family the benefits you need.