In recent years, the popularity of engineered or artificial stone countertops has soared, promising durability, aesthetics, and convenience. However, lurking beneath the surface lies a hidden danger – silica dust. Thornton Law Firm is investigating claims of hazardous silica exposure among fabricators and installers of these popular countertops.

Silica dust, released during the cutting, grinding, polishing, installing, and fabricating of quartz and other engineered stone, poses a significant health risk to workers. Silicosis, a lung disease characterized by scarring and inflammation, is a grim consequence of prolonged exposure to this airborne hazard. Worse yet, it’s often irreversible and can be fatal.

The implications are staggering. It is estimated that 40-50% of stone workers are at risk of developing silicosis due to their exposure to silica dust. All across the country, workers in the stone fabrication industry are facing the specter of chronic silicosis, along with heightened risks of lung cancer, chronic kidney disease, and autoimmune disorders.

Recently, Thornton Law Firm filed one of the first lawsuits on behalf of a fabrication shop worker. The lawsuit targets manufacturers of engineered stone products, including industry giants like Cambria, Caesarstone, and Silestone, alleging negligence in protecting workers from silica exposure.

Manufacturers of engineered stone products containing quartz include Cambria, Caesarstone, Silestone, MSI, Vicostone, and others. 

If you or someone you know has worked with artificial stone fabrication, it’s crucial to recognize the signs of silica-related health issues. Shortness of breath, coughing, and chest pain are common symptoms of silicosis, but the disease can manifest in subtler ways, making regular medical check-ups imperative for early detection.

Thornton Law Firm stands ready to assist, offering free case evaluations and access to medical resources for those affected by silica exposure. With a track record spanning over four decades, the firm has championed the cause of workers exposed to toxic dusts and other substances, securing substantial compensation for their clients.

If you work or have worked with engineered stone and are concerned about silicosis, please feel free to contact Thornton Law Firm as your first step. Andrew S. Wainwright, Evan R. Hoffman, and Leah McMorris, seasoned lung disease attorneys, stand ready to provide support and legal counsel in navigating the complexities of silica-related lawsuits. Contact us at our toll free number 800-431-4600 or send us a message here. The consultation is free and there is no obligation on your part. All legal claims have time limits, so do not delay seeking legal advice.