Sarcoidosis and Personal Injury Claims
You or a loved one may have been the victim of a sarcoidosis exposure injury. If so, you may need the counsel and guidance of a personal injury attorney.
What is Sarcoidosis?
It is what is known as an immune system disease. What this means is that for some unknown reason your immune system attacks your own body.
Sarcoidosis is also an inflammatory disorder. Sarcoidosis starts with a specific type of inflammation. Tiny, grain-like lumps of cells that are referred to as granulomas, because they appear as grains of sugar or sand, develop and most of the time are located in your lymph nodes or lungs. These granulomas may clump together and develop into larger lumps that attack other organs. In fact, sarcoidosis can attack virtually any organ in your body. This includes your eyes, skin, liver, nervous system and heart.
While it is true that anyone at any age can develop sarcoidosis, it usually affects young adults between the ages of 20 and 40. Sarcoidosis has a slight preponderance for women, but it affects both sexes.
People of Scandinavian descent and Black Americans are the ones who are at the greatest risk for this disease. Blacks are also more likely to experience more serious, chronic signs and symptoms than whites.
The exact cause of sarcoidosis is not known. However, researchers believe that sarcoidosis develops when your immune system overreacts to an unknown drug, toxin or pathogen that enters into your body through your airways.
How do Sarcoidosis injuries happen?
A sarcoidosis exposure injury is when sarcoidosis develops as a result of being exposed to some kind of hazardous agent. In most instances, a sarcoidosis exposure injury occurs due to long term, repeated exposure to a hazardous agent. In some instances, a sarcoidosis exposure injury may take place with a single severe exposure to a hazardous agent.
Signs and symptoms of Sarcoidosis
The signs and symptoms of a sarcoidosis exposure injury depend on the organ that is affected. These include:
- Lungs - Ongoing persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain
- Liver - No signs and symptoms, usually requires no treatment
- Eyes - Burning, itching, pain, tearing, red eye, dryness, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, seeing floaters (black spots)
- Muscles, joints, bones - A mass in your muscle, muscle weakness, joint pain, arthritis in the joints of your feet, ankles, knees, hands, wrists and elbows
- Nasal lining, larynx and sinuses - Shortness of breath, hoarseness
- Skin - Painful or red, raised bumps on your legs or arms, small painless and brownish skin patches or discoloration of ears, cheeks, lips, nose
- Lymph nodes – Become enlarged usually in your groin, arm pits, under your chin and neck
- Nervous system and brain - Facial palsy, visual difficulties, headaches and weakness or numbness in your leg or arm
- Heart – Weak heart beat causing shortness of breath and swelling in your legs, irregular heart beat (palpitations)
- General – Non-specific signs like weight loss, malaise (general sick feeling), fatigue, night sweats or fever
Again, if you or a loved one has been the victim of a sarcoidosis exposure injury, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injury. Contact a personal injury attorney, today.