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Popcorn Lung Injury Attorney in Chicago, Illinois
Microwave popcorn is a convenience many people enjoy. However, the workers who process the microwave popcorn may be at risk. Inhalation of certain chemicals in microwave popcorn factories are believed to contribute to or cause a serious lung injury called bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (frequently called popcorn lung). The attorneys at Seidman Law Offices are investigating cases involving popcorn lung disease and pursuing compensation for those suffering from the incurable condition. Contact our Cook County law firm to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Popcorn Lung… What is it?
Popcorn lung (bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome) is a severe lung condition often sustained by workers of microwave popcorn plants. It is believed that the chemical in the butter flavoring - diacetyl - is inhaled by workers working with the butter flavoring which causes damage to the lungs. Symptoms of popcorn lung disease include:
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden weight loss
- Hardening of the lung tissue
- Other symptoms
Unfortunately, these symptoms are also symptoms consistent with many other medical conditions. Therefore, many individuals suffering from popcorn lung injury are misdiagnosed with asthma or other medical condition. It is important that your physician is aware of your medical history, your employment history (especially employment in a microwave popcorn plant) and all of your symptoms in order to assure proper diagnosis. While there is not a current cure for the disease, there are many treatment options available which doctors familiar with the injury can recommend.
While popcorn plant workers are most commonly known for sustaining the lung injury, workers working with other foods containing the butter flavoring chemical may also sustain the lung condition.
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Our attorneys offer compassion, sensitivity and attentiveness to each client we work with. We provide one-on-one attention, working to answer your questions and provide straightforward advice. We do everything we can to hold negligent parties accountable and recover full compensation on behalf of injured clients and their families. If you or a loved one suffers from popcorn lung disease, please contact our personal injury lawyers to discuss your case.