Beryllium Exposure Attorney
Beryllium Disease Cases in Alabama
If you know what Beryllium is then you work for a company that uses Beryllium to manufacture aerospace or military parts.
You have probably been told that some people are sensitive to Beryllium and develop respiratory problems. You probably know someone who, after working with Beryllium for months or years, developed sensitivity to Beryllium. Many times, Beryllium sensitivity develops into Chronic Beryllium Disease.
If this describes you, a friend, or a loved one, please contact Warren & Simpson’s experienced Beryllium Disease lawyers to discuss your legal options.
Our Alabama injury attorneys have handled multiple Beryllium exposure lawsuits for Cullman workers who developed Chronic Beryllium Disease. Our law firm has a system for handling Beryllium Disease cases effectively and quickly. Warren & Simpson offers free legal consultations for any workers who have been exposed to Beryllium. Call us today to schedule your no risk consultation with a Beryllium Disease lawyer.
What is Beryllium?
Beryllium is a very rare metal that is used in Alabama by aerospace and department of defense contractors to manufacture equipment used in national defense. Beryllium is one-third the weight of aluminum but six times stronger than steel with high thermal stability. Alabama aerospace and defense contractors use machinery to make precision aerospace parts out of Beryllium.
For example, Beryllium is used extensively in Cullman, Alabama where one of the largest defense contractors in the United States has a 120,000 square foot facility with 200 employees. Unfortunately, many of these Cullman, Alabama workers may develop permanent health issues due to their exposure to Beryllium.
Compensation for Chronic Beryllium Disease
Under Alabama workers compensation law and Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, workers who develop Chronic Beryllium Disease may be entitled to several forms of compensation, including:
- Payment of medical expenses for issues related to Chronic Beryllium Disease.
- No-cost home health services, such as home health aids or in-home skilled nursing care.
- A $150,000 lump sum payment from the Department of Energy.
- Work accommodations.
- Additional payments through the Alabama Worker’s Compensation Act if you are unable to perform the job.
Many Alabama workers with Chronic Beryllium Disease have already received their $150,000 lump sum payment under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. Acceptance of the lump sum payment does not preclude a claim for Worker’s compensation benefits. You should consult with an attorney, even if you have accepted the lump sum payment from the Department of Energy.
What is Beryllium Disease?
Beryllium Disease occurs when workers are exposed to Beryllium. In Alabama, aerospace and defense contracts face the highest risk of developing Beryllium Disease.
Beryllium Disease is caused by inhalation of the Beryllium metal particles and cause damage to the lungs. If you worked in a factory or industrial environment where you may have been exposed to Beryllium, and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please contact us today.
- Weight Loss
- Difficulty Breathing/Shortness of Breath
- Chest Pain
- Joint Pain
Beryllium Disease is diagnosed by a blood test known as beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test (BeLPT). Beryllium Disease is permanent and only its symptoms can be treated. Many doctors advise patients to avoid any further exposure to Beryllium to prevent the disease from progressing.
LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR BERYLLIUM VICTIMS IN ALABAMA
Most Beryllium cases can have long-term medical issues and expenses so seek legal expert advice to make sure you are covered for the future. Beryllium exposure is a very serious condition, serious enough that Congress passed The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program for former employees and contractors of the Department of Energy.
If you have been exposed to Beryllium, contact our Beryllium Disease lawyers to determine your rights.