If you have developed popcorn lung as a result of inhaling diacetyl from popcorn butter, our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers can help you seek the compensation that you deserve. Call 1-800-590-4116 for a free, initial consultation.
Popcorn lung is most commonly referred to as bronchitis obliterans, with the most commonly experienced symptoms being identified as inflammation and scarring of the airways and lung. In response to this illness you may suffer from severe shortness of breath dry cough, and wheezing. Though these symptoms are severe, they may not onset immediately, even when the condition manifests – it can happen gradually, or it can occur suddenly, it all depends on the individual and their current state of health.
The Cause of Popcorn Lung
The causes of popcorn lung are extremely varied and some can include:
- Collagen Vascular Disease
- Transplant Rejection
- Viral Infection
- Exposure to Toxic Fumes Including:
- Sulfur Dioxide
The list of chemicals above is not all-inclusive, unfortunately, but you are at the very least able to get a grasp on what you are dealing with, and most importantly, you should be able to determine whether or not you were exposed to any of these chemicals or substances based upon your place of employment and your daily habits. Though the list of causes above should provide somewhat of a clue, you should also note that popcorn lung can be idiopathic, meaning there may be absolutely no discernable cause for the condition. In spite of this, treatment is still an absolute necessity.
The Symptoms of Popcorn Lung
The diagnosis of popcorn lung is frightening enough, but the symptoms can also cause serious problems. It begins with coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath, otherwise known as dyspnea. As we mentioned earlier, the symptoms can start very slowly or they can onset immediately depending on the infected individual. There are several other symptoms to watch out for which include night sweats, fever, and spontaneous weight loss. Also, keep in mind that the symptoms of popcorn lung will not subside simply because you leave the workplace, and most companies are advised to take precautions to ensure that workers do contract this issue. Guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration call for manufacturing companies to sample the air in work environments and take measures to ensure that the surrounding environment is not a hazard. Some of the measures include the provision of respirators and the deployment of air purifiers. In addition to that, they are strongly urged to monitor at-risk workers, though this does not always happen.
The bottom line here, is that popcorn lung is usually quite preventable and if you have found that your employer has neglected to take the steps necessary to ensure you safety, then you most assuredly have a case against them that should proceed either in a court of law or through settlement. Don’t ignore the issue and don’t keep working in spite of it – get the help you need and the compensation that you deserve.
Call 1-800-590-4116 for a free, initial consultation with Jim McEldrew or another McEldrew Young attorney. If you have developed popcorn lung because of popcorn butter, or through another method, our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers can help you seek the compensation that you deserve.