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Posted on March 30th, 2020
As the new virus is spreading at a rapid pace, people with lung nodules need to take extra precautions to prevent infection with coronavirus, since they are among the demographics at the highest risk of contracting it. Furthermore, they are also more prone to developing serious health complications.
Every year, lung nodules are discovered incidentally in 1 million people throughout the U.S. The detection of lung nodules usually occurs when the person is having a chest X-ray or undergoes a CT scan. While the majority of lung nodules are benign, 40% to 50% are cancerous. Only a biopsy can reveal whether a lung nodule is malignant. However, regardless of the nature of the lung nodules someone has, they are at increased risk of infection with coronavirus, since their respiratory and immune systems are highly damaged by these abnormal growths.
The primary causes of lung nodules are granulomas, the inflammation of several portions of lung tissue, and hamartomas, which are benign lung tumors. Nevertheless, they can also occur when cancer located in another part of the body metastasizes to the lungs, in which case lung nodules will always be malignant. It is worthy of note that larger growths are more likely to be cancerous. According to the American Thoracic Society, less than 5% of lung nodules are actually cancerous. There are multiple other causes of lung nodules, such as:
Having a history of cancer in the family and smoking tobacco may also contribute to the development of lung nodules. People who have lung nodules rarely experience symptoms, hence the discovery of these abnormal growths incidentally. Nonetheless, when symptoms are present, they include shortness of breath, chest pain, a persisting cough, back pain, coughing up blood, loss of appetite and unintentional weight loss.
As it was mentioned above, lung nodules can also be the result of exposure to dangerous occupational agents, such as asbestos. When products which contain asbestos are disturbed or when a person handles raw asbestos for the manufacturing of various materials, their activity will release tiny fibers in the air. Subsequently, asbestos, which is classified as a known carcinogen by numerous health organizations around the world, will reach the lungs of the people who perform such tasks by inhalation. Once inside the lungs, asbestos will gradually cause inflammation and tissue scarring which, in turn, may lead to the development of lung nodules. It is important to keep in mind that, for lung nodules to occur as a result of asbestos exposure, 20 to 50 years must pass from the person's first contact with the mineral.
The following occupations are only some which had been using tremendous amounts of asbestos before 1980, when the mineral was finally regulated in the country:
At the moment, the U.S. is the country which has the largest number of people diagnosed with coronavirus, namely over 142,000. Furthermore, nearly 2,500 individuals lost their lives to the new virus over the course of the last two months. Among the demographics at high risk of infection with coronavirus are people who have lung nodules, since their respiratory system is compromised, as well as their immune system. Moreover, they are also susceptible to develop serious health complications after they contract the new virus, such as:
Death may ensue if the infected person fails to seek medical attention in a timely manner. Thereby, if you notice a new onset of symptoms, you should visit the emergency room as soon as possible. The main symptoms of coronavirus are coughing, fever and difficulty breathing.
To avoid infection with the new virus, you should take extra precautions, since you are more susceptible to contracting it as a person with lung nodules. Some of these protective measures include:
If you developed lung nodules as a consequence of occupational asbestos exposure, you are entitled to receiving financial compensation from the asbestos trust funds of the companies which manufactured the products you were in contact with on the job. Our law firm has vast experience in pursuing asbestos exposure cases and we will gladly review your case free of charge. The only documents we need from you are your employment and medical records, as evidence is necessary to support your case. In the unfortunate case you are a veteran who has lung nodules due to military asbestos exposure, our attorneys will also file a claim with the VA. Eventually, you will recover the financial compensation you are entitled to, which will help you afford better healthcare and treatment.
Lastly, it is important to take legal action as soon as you find out about your diagnosis, since asbestos exposure cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years. Therefore, if you fail to apply for compensation within this given time, you will no longer be eligible. It is also noteworthy that, unless we obtain financial compensation for you, you will not have to pay our law firm anything. With 30 years of professional experience, our attorneys will carefully and thoroughly prepare all the necessary documents to file your claim so that you can benefit from the money you deserve.