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For over three decades, the LA diacetyl lung injury attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have been working diligently to legally assist lung and respiratory injury patients. Their two main goals have always been to win their client’s cases and get the maximum legal compensation for their clients that is possible. Even after all the research regarding the dangers of inhaling diacetyl, we are saddened by how prevalent it is in factories, industries and food processing plants. We are even more troubled by the fact that food processing companies have acted very slowly to prevent exposure to diacetyl. Because of this, our Los Angeles diacetyl lung injury lawyers are dedicated to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact us to set up a free initial consultation and case evaluation to discuss your diacetyl exposure case. Given our years of experience with diacetyl, we believe it is important for you to at least get a medical opinion no matter how much exposure you have had to it. We are considered to be the best Los Angeles County lawyers and we will continue to strive to live up to those high standards.
From the many diacetyl cases we have represented, we know how badly diacetyl exposure can affect the lungs and one’s ability to breathe. Our local Los Angeles lung injury lawyers are prepared to help you. We promise to work diligently to ensure that you get the comprehensive and timely medical attention that you need. Call us today at (213) 416-2472 to learn more about your legal options and the merits of your case. We will be able to guide you in and out court as we will walk with you all the way.
For those who may never have heard of diacetyl, it is a naturally occurring substance which is used to produce a buttery odor and flavor. Diacetyl is used widely as an ingredient to impart the buttery flavors, feel and odors to a broad variety of manufactured foods and manufactured flavors. Diacetyl has also been used in “natural” and artificial flavorings such as butter-flavored candy, baked goods, microwave popcorn, cake and bread mixes, buttermilk, caramel and butterscotch.
There are many types of employees in risky work environments containing diacetyl, so it is important to be aware of any exposure. Food processing workers may be at risk of developing respiratory injuries, severe lung disease, or being afflicted by asthma due to the “natural” butter flavoring diacetyl. This includes employees in flavoring companies, bakeries, popcorn factories, microwave popcorn factories, snack factories, and mass food production plants. If you’ve been exposed to diacetyl at work and developed a respiratory injury, contact our Los Angeles work injury attorneys today.
Exposure to Diacetyl Does Cause Asthma & Severe Lung Disease
The Los Angeles workers’ compensation firm of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo has been involved in many work comp claims for diacetyl lung injuries. We have helped people who have developed lung injuries at work including the so-called “popcorn lung” from diacetyl. Workers’ compensation laws are in place to protect injured workers after a work accident or job injury. This includes the fact that employers cannot penalize or fire employees for filing a workers’ compensation claim. The work comp insurance held by your employer has the potential to provide financial compensation to you for medical benefits, death benefits, temporary disability, permanent disability compensation, medical expenses, income, and vocational rehabilitation (when the circumstances of the job injury warrant such payments).
Diacetyl has been found to cause severe respiratory injury or much worse. Studies have shown that inhalation of diacetyl vapors can damage the cell linings of the respiratory airway tracts of animals (in testing). Furthermore, studies have shown that the lungs of mice exposed to diacetyl vapors show similar damage to that of bronchiolitis obliterans in human beings. A study 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, which may show up first with shortness of breath, exertion, dry cough, persistent wheezing, and fixed airways obstruction on spirometry. This paragraph is not meant to scare you but to help you take seriously the risk you have from diacetyl.
In some cases, diacetyl also leads to bronchiolitis obliterans. It is quite the severe form of obstructive lung disease. It occurs 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 worse, the condition also makes the lungs more susceptible to lung infection, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. If you are 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.
We are one of the few lung injury firms around Los Angeles 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 already been exposed to it. The free initial consultations and case evaluations have always been an effective way for our potential clients to get to know our team of quality lawyers and staff and learn about the legal merits of their case. Our law firm operates all of its cases on a contingency basis where you will not owe or pay us anything unless we win your injury case with a positive trial verdict or settlement.
The Los Angeles lung 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 California, in major cities including: Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Bakersfield, Ventura, Burbank, Pasadena, Long Beach, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno and San Luis Obispo. 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 the best possible recovery.
The Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo
Los Angeles, California
24-Hr. Phone Number: (213) 416-2472