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Beryllium Exposure Attorneys

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Nationwide

Beryllium is a rare element whose rigid nature, heat-resistant properties and light weight have made it useful to a number of industries. Beryllium is also an extremely toxic carcinogen.

After beryllium is mined, it is typically refined to a powder that can be used as a hardening agent in a number of alloys. When inhaled, beryllium particles can cause progressive inflammation of lung tissue and lead to life-threatening health conditions, including beryllium disease.

The Philadelphia-based toxic tort attorneys at Golomb & Honik have recovered millions of dollars for victims of beryllium exposure and their families. We continue to investigate beryllium exposure claims from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and across the United States.

Industrial Use of Beryllium

Although the dangers of beryllium have been known for decades, its versatility led to use in widely varying industries including:

  • Aerospace components makers
  • Computer and electronics manufacturing
  • Scrap metal reclamation
  • Nuclear power industry
  • Dental work/dental prosthetics
  • Automotive industry
  • Metal machining operations
  • Defense industry

The adverse effects of beryllium exposure are not limited to workers who came in direct contact with beryllium particles. Family members of those who worked with beryllium have contracted beryllium disease through second-hand exposure, as have people who lived near industries that utilized beryllium.

Beryllium Disease Symptoms

Beryllium disease is generally categorized as acute or chronic. Chronic beryllium disease is the most common form resulting from beryllium exposure. It is caused by an “allergic” reaction to beryllium and triggered by exposure. Chronic beryllium disease is often misdiagnosed as sarcoidosis.

The effects of beryllium disease can take years—even decades—to become evident. While there are treatments available for beryllium disease, there is no cure, and the condition may result in death.

Symptoms of beryllium disease include:

  • Breathing complications
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Night sweats

If you believe you are experiencing health problems as a result of beryllium exposure or a family member died from beryllium disease, please contact the Philadelphia toxic tort lawyers at Golomb & Honik for your free case evaluation. We welcome prospective clients from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and across the country.

Golomb & Honik

215.985.9177 | 855.889.5389

1515 Market Street , Suite 1100 Philadelphia, PA 19102