Posted on July 15th, 2020
Underlying health conditions that developed as a result of asbestos exposure can make COVID-19 more dangerous, as the disease takes a heavy toll on the already damaged organs. If you are suffering from an asbestos-related illness and are worried about your life, act now by filing a claim for asbestos exposure as quickly as you can.
While the number of people who die from this new disease will vary based on a variety of factors, including the quality and availability of health care, two major risk factors are thought to increase the risk of death from the SARS-COV-2:
Considering these two factors, we can identify an overlooked vulnerable category - victims of asbestos exposure who are suffering from asbestos-related diseases that affect pulmonary function.
Patients with existing lung problems run a higher risk of developing a severe response to the infection with the novel coronavirus. These patients have reduced lung capacity. A respiratory infection that causes shortness of breath and pneumonia would reduce that to zero.
Anyone exposed to asbestos at any point in their life is at a higher risk of developing serious lung conditions such as:
In people with underlying lung conditions, the novel coronavirus not only attacks and destroys tissue in the lungs but also triggers an overreaction of the immune system, creating dangerous levels of inflammation. Many of these patients are left unable to breathe without oxygen assistance, and some die in intensive care units, or at home. Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease involve greater susceptibility to lung inflammation and accelerated lung function decline. Moreover, patients with these illnesses often use corticosteroid immune-suppressing drugs, which reduce immunity to respiratory infections.
If you suffer from an asbestos-related lung condition, the problem you face is primarily a problem of worse outcomes, not a greater chance of contracting the new virus. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, people with lung conditions had much higher rates of serious complications and death than people without pulmonary conditions.
Our clients who are living with asbestos-related diseases fall into the category of people classed as "extremely vulnerable" and who are currently being shielded during the COVID-19 crisis because they are:
If you are living with an illness caused by asbestos exposure, you could be able to claim compensation, as well as a wide range of state benefits. This money can help you and your family following a diagnosis when you are already dealing with both the emotional and financial impact of your condition.
Because you are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from the COVID-19 illness, it's important to file a claim with an asbestos trust fund as soon as possible - even if your illness is not terminal. This type of compensation can help pay for your treatment, as well as provide financial support for your family.
If the patient died before he/she could secure compensation, the process becomes even more complex as some facts are more difficult to be established after the affected person is dead.