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The Long Beach diacetyl lung injury lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have worked hard since 1979 helping lung and respiratory injury victims and their families. Their top priorities have been to win their client’s lung injury case while getting the clients the maximum compensation that is legally possible. Though the danger of diacetyl is known and proven, we are saddened by how prevalent it still is today in factories, manufacturing facilities and food processing plants. Contact us right away to schedule your free initial consultation and case evaluation. Given our wide experience with diacetyl, we believe it is important for you to at least get a medical opinion as to your condition no matter how much exposure you have had. We are thought of by some in Los Angeles County to be the best Long Beach lung injury lawyers and we will continue to strive to live up to those high standards.
We have seen how badly diacetyl exposure can affect the lungs and one’s ability to breathe. Our local Long Beach lung injury lawyers are prepared to help you all the way. We will ensure that you are getting the comprehensive and timely medical attention that you need. We will even come to you at your home or hospital room and we even make night and weekend appointments. The cost should not be an issue as we do not charge our clients anything unless we win their case. Contact our firm at (562) 372-3960 to learn more about your legal options and the merits of your case.
Diacetyl is a naturally occurring substance which is used by food processors as an ingredient to make buttery flavors and even replicate the buttery feel and odor for a variety of manufactured foods and manufactured flavors. Diacetyl has also been used in natural and artificial flavorings such as butter-flavored candy, bread mixes, baked goods, microwave popcorn, cake mixes, buttermilk, caramel and butterscotch.
Food processing workers are the ones who are most at risk but many workers in other careers and industries are too, so be sure to check with your boss regarding the amounts of diacetyl in use on your jobsite. This includes employees in flavoring companies, various types of snack factories, bakeries, microwave popcorn factories, popcorn factories, and mass food production plants. Workers exposed to it could be at risk of developing respiratory injuries, severe lung disease, popcorn lung or being afflicted by asthma due to the “natural” butter flavoring diacetyl.
The Long Beach workers’ compensation lawyers of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo has represented work comp claims for diacetyl lung injuries for many years now. Workers’ compensation laws are in place to protect injured employees after a work accident or job injury. The work comp insurance held by your employer for this exact situation has the potential to provide financial compensation to you for medical benefits, income, medical expenses, temporary disability, permanent disability compensation, death benefits, and vocational rehabilitation. We can discuss your specific case when you come in as the above payments are only made when the circumstances of the work injury warrant such compensation.
Diacetyl has been found to cause severe respiratory injuries as inhalation of diacetyl vapors can damage the cell linings of the respiratory airway tracts. Furthermore, science has shown that the lungs of mice exposed to diacetyl vapors show similar damage to that of bronchiolitis obliterans in human beings. And yet another study, this one by a European diacetyl manufacturer, also identified workers with respiratory injuries similar to those of food workers exposed to diacetyl. Food processing industry employees exposed to food flavorings containing diacetyl have developed serious respiratory illness. Possible symptoms in the beginning include dry coughing, persistent wheezing, shortness of breath, and fixed airways obstruction on spirometry. This paragraph is only meant to help you understand the risk you have from diacetyl exposure.
Bronchiolitis obliterans is a severe form of obstructive lung disease and it is another possible result of inhaling diacetyl. It is also called popcorn lung and doctors know it has occurred when small airways become inflamed and scarred, resulting in the thickening and narrowing of the airways. The symptoms and the extent of airway obstruction can range from medium to severe. It is a permanent condition which means that lung function does not improve when exposure is stopped and patients may not get better.
To make matters even worse, the condition also makes the lungs more susceptible to lung infection, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. If you think you may be experiencing these symptoms or if you believe a family member, coworker or friend is, be sure to seek medical help and call our firm right away any hour of the day or night at (562) 372-3960.
We are one of the few lung injury firms in Southern California that have a vast amount of experience with cases that involve the devastating effects of diacetyl exposure. We are passionate about helping those who have been exposed to it. We provide free initial consultations and case evaluations to help injured people know their legal options. Our law firm operates its cases on a contingency basis where you will not owe us anything unless we win your injury case.
The Long Beach work injury lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo will come to you at your house or hospital room if you are unable to come to our office. We are well known throughout Long Beach, California, San Francisco, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, and Central California. We will also be available by appointment for meetings on the weekend and evening if you do not have the time to see us during the normal times of Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm. We wish you and your loved ones the best possible recovery and a better future.
The Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo
Long Beach, California ~ (562) 372-3960