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People at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness and death should take legal action immediately

By Shaniqua Williams

Posted on April 27th, 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 COVID-19 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 coronavirus:

  • Old age
  • Pre-existing health conditions

These two factors also identify another existing vulnerable group - 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 severe cases of COVID-19 infection due to the new coronavirus. These patients have reduced lung capacity. A respiratory infection that causes shortness of breath and pneumonia would reduce that to zero.

Your risk of dying from coronavirus is 80% higher if you have one of the following conditions which affect pulmonary function

In people with underlying lung conditions, the virus 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.

The novel coronavirus targets the lungs, so you're more likely to develop severe symptoms if you have preexisting lung conditions, such as:

Anyone exposed to asbestos at any point in their life is at a higher risk of developing serious lung conditions. 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 are living with an asbestos-related illness, it is important to begin your claim as soon as possible

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:

  • Mostly over the age of 60
  • Living with aggressive cancers such as asbestos-related lung cancer or mesothelioma
  • Need access to diagnostic tests, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and/or immunotherapy
  • Already suffer from severe respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, chest pain

If you are living with an asbestos-related illness, 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 an asbestos-related claim as soon as possible - even if your illness is not terminal. If you've developed an asbestos-related illness, 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.

We will do everything we can to ensure your family has a financially secure future

Unfortunately, due to the serious nature of asbestos-related illnesses, some of our clients die before we can settle their claims. You may be worried about what happens to your family in these circumstances, but it's possible for loved ones to continue your claim, providing some financial security for them. For example, if you were receiving compensation from an asbestos trust fund, it will automatically go to your beneficiaries upon your death. In this case, you can rest assured that your loved ones will benefit financially after you pass away.

Even without the risk of coronavirus, you should know that if you have an asbestos-related disease and are considering taking legal action, it is crucial to understand that it is a time-sensitive matter. Missing your statute of limitations can forfeit your right to receiving compensation, which can be used to pay for medical care. Contact us for a free case evaluation so that we can assemble all the necessary information and file your asbestos claim immediately.