Diacetyl Inhalation and Toxicity May Cause Popcorn Lung – Your Legal Options
Popcorn lung may sound like a tongue-in-cheek horror movie, but the condition and its resultant complications are anything but. Popcorn lung is used to describe the obliteration of the airway and the alveoli found in the lungs by chemicals that can lead to bronchitis and other inflammatory conditions of the lungs.
Are you looking for a popcorn lung lawsuits attorney? Chemical exposure can cause this incurable lung disease which may lead to many complications down the line such as COPD which has a poor prognosis. If you were negligently exposed to chemicals such as diacetyl leading to your contraction of popcorn lung, you may be able to file a popcorn lung lawsuit. Please call our best popcorn lung attorneys NOW at (773) 825-3547 to learn more about your legal options for compensation. The call is 100% FREE, and there’s no commitment attached to your initial consultation.
Popcorn lung causes bronchitis obliterans, and it was first seen in workers working at microwave popcorn bagging facilities. Fast forward many years, it is now seen in individuals that have taken up vaping. E-cigarette manufacturers allegedly add diacetyl to their vaping mix for a more flavor-enhanced experience, thereby exposing their consumers to health complications in a manner that can be termed as both unreasonable and negligent.
Yet another compound or chemical that causes popcorn lung is acetaldehyde which is a compound naturally found in marijuana. It causes widespread damage to the bronchial sacks in your lungs, and is the major cause of death in people that receive lung transplants.
Some of the symptoms associated with the onset of popcorn lung include:
- Suddenly feeling tired
- Fever, vomiting and sweating
- Unexplained flu-like symptoms
The symptoms above will occur anywhere from two weeks to 60 days of initial exposure.
Other compounds that are known to cause popcorn lung include:
- Sulfur dioxide
- Nitrogen oxide
- Mustard gas
- Fumes from welding due to the presence of metal oxides
- Hydrochloric acid
Popcorn lung is mostly seen in vapers, those working in the welding or chemicals industry, as well as microwave popcorn factory workers.
It may be able to slow the onset of popcorn lung. Doctors may prescribe steroids to deal with inflammation, immunosuppressant medication, as well as bronchodilators and oxygen for severe cases. Can your lungs recover from popcorn lung? This depends on the treatment course, the extent or progression of the disease as well as how early it is caught. There may be scarring left in your lungs which may never go away, but it is something one can live with.
Diacetyl Exposure Lawyers for Popcorn Lung Disease – Call Us Today!
If you or a loved one is currently suffering with popcorn lung due to diacetyl or any of the other chemicals listed on this post, you may be able to file a toxic exposure or product liability lawsuit, and in some cases, workers’ compensation lawsuit. To speak with a popcorn lung lawyer for FREE, call us at (773) 825-3547 to learn more about your legal options for compensation. We look forward to helping you.