Popcorn Lung Disease

Microwave popcorn is a convenience many people enjoy. However, the workers who process microwave popcorn may be at risk. Inhalation of certain chemicals in microwave popcorn factories is believed to contribute to or cause a serious lung condition called bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (frequently called popcorn lung).

The attorneys at Seidman Margulis & Fairman, LLP, are investigating cases of 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 suffered by workers at microwave popcorn plants. It is believed that a chemical in the butter flavoring — diacetyl — is inhaled by workers, damaging the lungs. Symptoms of popcorn lung disease include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Hardening of the lung tissue
  • Nausea

Unfortunately, these symptoms are consistent with many other medical conditions. Therefore, many individuals suffering from popcorn lung injury are misdiagnosed with asthma or another 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 to assure proper diagnosis. While there is no cure for the disease, many treatment options are available, which doctors familiar with the injury can recommend.

While popcorn plant workers most commonly suffer the lung injury, workers handling other foods containing the butter flavoring chemical may also suffer the lung condition.

Attentive Guidance Through A Personal Injury Lawsuit

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.