People who cut and create quartz countertops and were diagnosed with silicosis.
What’s Going On?
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether lawsuits can be filed on behalf of countertop workers who were diagnosed with silicosis. They have reason to believe the countertop manufacturers could be responsible for workers’ medical expenses and other damages.
What You Can Do
If you’re interested in learning more about filing a lawsuit, fill out the form on this page.
What Does This Cost?
It costs nothing to contact us or to speak to one of the attorneys we work with. Plus, if you end up filing a lawsuit, you will only pay if you win your case – and this money will come directly from your settlement or jury award.
If you worked with kitchen and bathroom quartz countertops and were diagnosed with silicosis, you may have an opportunity sue for medical expenses and other damages.
Due to a recent spike in silicosis cases among countertop workers, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are further investigating the link between "engineered" stone and silicosis and whether those who were diagnosed have any legal recourse against countertop manufacturers.
Silicosis and Quartz Countertops: What’s the Link?
Silicosis is a type of lung disease that’s caused by breathing in small bits of silica, which can also be referred to as quartz dust. It’s a disease typically seen in miners, but has become increasingly common in those who work with countertops made of quartz, also referred to as “engineered” or “artificial” stone.
While quartz countertops don’t present any risk to the average consumer, those who cut, drill, polish and otherwise alter the material can be exposed to what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls “hazardous levels” of small crystalline silica dust particles. These particles can be inhaled and trapped in a worker’s lung tissue, leading to the development of silicosis.
It’s been reported that engineered stone presents a higher risk of silicosis in that it contains significantly more silica than alternative materials, such as marble and granite.
Specifically, NPR reports that engineered stone contains more than 90% silica, while granite and marble have only 45% and 10%, respectively. Unfortunately for countertop workers, the material has seen an increase in popularity due to its resistance to stains and cracks.
OSHA Issues Health Warning Over Silica Exposure During Countertop Manufacturing
In 2015, OSHA issued a “Hazard Alert” regarding worker exposure to silica during countertop manufacturing, finishing and installation. The organization said that it had identified exposure to silica as a health hazard for both those who manufacture stone countertops, as well as those involved with in-home finishing and installation.
The alert offered “simple and effective” dust controls for “most countertop operations” to help protect workers. On a similar note, major manufacturers are claiming that silicosis comes from poor handling of various materials and that the risk of the disease is “not specific to engineered stone.”
With the increasing number of workers falling ill, however, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are further investigating the link between silicosis and engineered stone and whether countertop manufacturers could be held accountable.
Is this a Class Action Lawsuit?
No. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org, should they decide to pursue this litigation, will be handling these cases on an individual basis. This means you will need to file your own lawsuit, outlining your individual work history, diagnosis and the damages (lost wages, medical bills, etc.) you incurred. You can learn more about how these types of cases differ from class action lawsuits here.
How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?
Most attorneys, including those working with ClassAction.org, will handle these cases on what’s called a “contingency fee” basis. This means you will only pay if they win your lawsuit – and any money they recover will come directly from your settlement or jury award.
It doesn’t cost anything to learn more about your rights. So, if you or a loved one worked with countertops and has been diagnosed with silicosis, contact us for free by completing the form on this page.
It’s important to keep in mind that there are strict time limits for filing these types of lawsuits.