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Why some former industrial workers might be at risk for COVID-19 complications

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on March 20th, 2020

Due to the fact that numerous former industrial workers are now suffering from asbestos-related diseases, they are at high risk of developing more severe symptoms and possible complications. Their underlying health issues and their poor immune system is what makes them so prone to infection with the new virus.

At the moment, over 3 million people are struggling with coronavirus infection throughout the U.S. and a large number of new cases are still to emerge. Former industrial workers, such as people who had a job in power plants, oil refineries, and chemical plants, are amongst the demographic which has a high risk for COVID-19 since many could be suffering from lung disease as a result of occupational asbestos exposure.

What raises the risks of COVID-19 complications for former industrial workers?

As a known human carcinogen, asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that had been heavily used by numerous industries until 1980, when multiple health organizations worldwide began raising awareness of the terrible health consequences of exposure. Because it is a very friable raw material, asbestos fibers were easily released in the air by activities such as maintenance and repair in industrial settings. Subsequently, they would be inhaled and ingested by workers, as well as by the people who lived in close proximity to factories and plants which employed asbestos. Following inhalation or ingestion, asbestos fibers persist in the body and may attach themselves to vital organs. The respiratory system of the people with a history of asbestos exposure is usually affected, as they will come to suffer from diseases such as:

By now, it is a well-known fact that people with underlying respiratory diseases are significantly more prone to complications if they get infected with the novel coronavirus, as they have a weak immune system. For this reason, former industrial workers who have such a diagnosis should take extra precautions to avoid infection with the new virus. Some essential protective measures they can take include regularly washing their hands for at least 20 seconds, staying away from crowds, disinfecting the surfaces and objects they use frequently, leaving their house only when necessary and keeping a distance of 3 to 6 feet from any person who appears sick when in public.

Which former industrial workers are susceptible to coronavirus infection?

Since asbestos exposure is the culprit behind the respiratory diseases former industrial workers are now struggling with, people who had the following jobs during the last century may currently be at high risk of complications to COVID-19:

If you worked in one of the industries above, have a respiratory disease because of occupational asbestos exposure, and experience a new onset of symptoms, such as shortness of breath, fever, a lingering cough or chest pain, we strongly advise you to seek medical attention immediately. Some of the health complications former industrial workers diagnosed with coronavirus can develop are heart attack, acute respiratory distress syndrome, cardiovascular shock, and severe muscle pain.

Former industrial workers may be eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds

Did you work in one of the industries which employed asbestos before 1980 and subsequently developed a respiratory disease? If the answer is yes, you are entitled to financial compensation, which a specialized attorney can help you recover.

The legal process is simple and requires minimal involvement from your part. After you provide your lawyer with your employment and medical records as evidence of your former job and diagnosis, they will gather additional proof with the help of their legal experts and file a claim with the asbestos trust funds of the companies which manufactured the dangerous products you were exposed to. Eventually, you will receive the financial compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional injury.

It is important to keep in mind that the amount of time you have to seek compensation is restricted, as asbestos cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years. Therefore, we highly recommend you reach out to our attorneys as soon as possible in order to secure the money you are eligible for.