Beryllium is the fourth element on the periodic chart and is arguably one of the most toxic substances on earth. For decades, beryllium was used in the aerospace industry, as well as to make airplanes, engine components, telecommunications equipment (including semiconductors and cell phones), x-ray and lab tech equipment, nuclear reactors, and rockets. Because of its unique properties, beryllium is an often-used alloy for various metals, including copper, nickel and aluminum, and this use has further expanded the substance’s presence in consumer goods (such as golf clubs) and to employees throughout the manufacturing sector.
As we have detailed in the Report previously, exposure to beryllium can cause a dreadful lung disease called chronic beryllium disease, or “CPD.” A certain percentage of the population is especially vulnerable to beryllium. Exposure to the substance can induce an allergic reaction that causes the lungs to fail. In cases where chronic beryllium disease has been diagnosed, the condition is often fatal unless a lung transplant is obtained.
CPD is virtually identical to sarcoidosis pathologically. Due to a lack of causal awareness, as well as the fact that CPD is considered a rare disease, studies have shown that CPD is commonly misdiagnosed as sarcoidosis.
Lawyers in our Toxic Torts Section are investigating cases where a person has been diagnosed with sarcoidosis when, in fact, their condition may actually be chronic beryllium disease caused by exposure to beryllium. If you have any questions about beryllium, contact Parker Miller at 800.898.2034 or Parker.Miller@beasleyallen.com.
Contact us today for a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.
Fields marked *may be required for submission.
If you would like to subscribe to the Jere Beasley Report digital edition, simply visit our Subscriptions page and provide the necessary information or call us at 800-898-2034.
Attorney Advertising - Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.