Popcorn Lung

Elite Popcorn Lung Injury Attorneys In Buffalo, New York

Jed Dietrich, Esq., Distinguished as a New York Super Lawyer, and His Team of Elite Injury Attorneys, Are Dedicated to Representing Individuals Suffering as a Result of Personal Injuries Throughout Western New York.

Popcorn Popcorn lung, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans, is a type of lung disease typically caused by the chemical diacetyl. First introduced to the United States market in the 1980s, diacetyl was considered to be a safe artificial food flavoring. Used in dairy products, caramel, butterscotch, and microwave popcorn, it was popular for its ability to reproduce the golden flavor that naturally results from browning foods. It was not until years after its implementation when employees at microwave popcorn factories were found to be afflicted with bronchiolitis obliterans, that the harmful effects of diacetyl were discovered.

For over twenty years, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has successfully represented individuals in personal injury cases throughout the Western New York area. Today, he is regarded to be a Best Lawyer of America and has obtained at least $1,000,000 or more 44 times to compensate his clients for their injuries. To receive your free consultation, call us now at 716-839-3939 or contact us online. Our team is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.

What Is Popcorn Lung?

Bronchiolitis obliterans is an inflammation of the bronchioles of the lungs. The lungs are a pair of powerful organs responsible for the intake of oxygen in the body. Oxygen passes from the windpipe into the tree branch-like bronchi and from there into bronchioles. When the bronchioles become inflamed, individuals can experience fits of coughing and difficulty breathing. Popcorn lung can cause permanent scarring of the bronchioles and severely impact the cycle of oxygen in and out of the body. Additionally, popcorn lung can lead to weight loss, fatigue, chest pain, and symptoms similar to those caused by the flu.

Currently, there is no known cure for popcorn lung, but there are treatment options that can help to alleviate its symptoms. Some medications can help to reduce inflammation in the lungs. If a patient has difficulty getting sufficient oxygen, an oxygen tank or breathing apparatus might be used. More severe cases of popcorn lung require a lung transplant, but this can sometimes cause further incidents of bronchiolitis obliterans.

The side effects of popcorn lung can be serious and permanent. Jed Dietrich, Esq. is recognized as a New York Super Lawyer and is adept at tackling personal injury cases on behalf of his clients. If you, or a loved one, were diagnosed with popcorn lung in the Buffalo, New York area, contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. now at 716-839-3939 or contact us online for your free consultation.

What Causes Popcorn Lung?

Diacetyl The role of diacetyl in cases of bronchiolitis obliterans was first discovered when microwave popcorn factory workers came down with the disease. Although it is a chemical, diacetyl is naturally found in certain dairy products, as well, in particular butter. Manufactures of microwave popcorn desired to mimic this natural flavoring and incorporated it into their products. Factory workers who breathed in the chemical on a daily basis developed bronchiolitis obliterans, which led to the colloquial term ‘popcorn lung.’

In addition to diacetyl, there are other chemicals that are known to be harmful to the lungs that can lead to cases of bronchiolitis obliterans. Two of these chemicals, chlorine and ammonia, are commonly found in household cleaning products. To learn more about harmful household chemicals, see our webpage. In some cases, popcorn lung can result from complications following surgery, including lung transplants and bone marrow transplants.

Determined and disciplined, Jed Dietrich, Esq. believes that in a personal injury claim, the client’s needs should come first. At the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., our lawyers are highly educated and experienced and your best resource when it comes to determining the steps to take in a personal injury case. We can be reached twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week at 716-839-3939 or by contacting us online, and we are ready to assist you in the best possible way.

Who Is At Risk For Popcorn Lung?

Diacetyl has since been removed from most microwave popcorn recipes, but it has recently been discovered in e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes, also known as e-cigs and vapes, produce nicotine-laced smoke that can be inhaled. While they have been branded as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, e-cigarettes are still too new on the market to really know the full impact of their use. Currently, e-cigarette companies are under review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine whether to ban the inclusion of diacetyl in their products. Individuals who use e-cigarettes are potentially at risk for developing popcorn lung.

Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his best of the best team of attorneys have witnessed the consequences that popcorn lung can have on victims, and ultimately their loved ones. Our seasoned lawyers are here to assist you in rebuilding everything that you have lost by asserting your legal rights to seek compensation. Our honorable commitment to exceeding your expectations and delivering an excellent outcome is what sets us apart from the competition. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s battle-tested team offers complimentary case evaluations and consultations. Jed Dietrich, Esq. would be honored to speak with you about your popcorn lung injury claim. Our veteran team is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week and there is never a fee unless we WIN for you! Call us today at 716-839-3939.



Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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