Black Lung Disease
At the age of 48, an arrow crafter began to experience progressive shortness of breath. The crafter had been involved in running an archery store for many years and later began to cut carbon-graphite arrow shafts in his shop for sale to his customers. After seeing a pulmonologist, he learned that he had pure carbon particles in his lungs. The pulmonologist concluded that his lung disease was caused by the inhalation of carbon particles. The crafter brought suit against the arrow shaft manufacturer claiming that they were aware or should have been aware of the hazards associated with inhalation of carbon dust, but failed to take reasonable measures to reduce the possibility of exposing their customers to this hazard. The crafter has end stage lung disease. He uses oxygen on a regular basis to assist his breathing. He has an extremely shortened life expectancy. The case settled before trial.