The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing into clear focus what many of us already knew — namely that access to quality healthcare is not something to take for granted. In Louisiana, a nightmare is already coming true; as of March 27, 83 people have died from complications caused by the new coronavirus, a higher number than many more populous states. A factor that has led to this situation is that people with pre-existing health conditions are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from the COVID-19 virus, which, in healthy people, often causes symptoms mild enough not to require hospitalization. People who are immunosuppressed, a group that includes many patients undergoing cancer treatment, are particularly at risk. If you have mesothelioma, you are already used to worrying about your health. The best thing you can do to ensure that you can continue receiving the care on which your life depends is to contact a Louisiana mesothelioma lawyer.
Why Mesothelioma is So Prevalent in Louisiana
Almost all documented cases of mesothelioma are the direct result of occupational exposure to asbestos. Many of the industries that drive Louisiana’s economy have put workers in close contact with asbestos dust, including shipbuilding, oil drilling, and renovation of old buildings. Even people who work in the agriculture industry in Louisiana have suffered exposure to asbestos because of its presence in agricultural machinery.
The Last Thing You Need is Another Respiratory Illness
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer; in most cases, the parts of the body first affected are the chest wall and the lining of the lungs, but as with many other types of cancer, it can also spread to other parts of the body. The first symptoms that lead many patients to be diagnosed with mesothelioma are shortness of breath and cough. If you have previously worked in an industry in which the risk of asbestos exposure is high, you are probably already on the lookout for these symptoms; now that COVID-19 has hit Louisiana in a major way, everyone else is anxious about these respiratory symptoms, too.
While mesothelioma has no cure, current treatments can prolong your life and health. How can you get the care you need now that the health system in Louisiana is so stressed? It is more important than ever to stay healthy enough not to have to risk going to crowded hospitals where equipment is in short supply or nursing homes where COVID-19 has spread quickly. Even when you are healthy enough to live independently, mesothelioma treatment is not cheap. No matter the stage of your disease, the law entitles people who have gotten mesothelioma from on-the-job asbestos exposure to compensation.
Contact Patrick Yancey About Mesothelioma Cases
You and your family deserve compensation for the dangerous and necessary work you have done that led you to be exposed to asbestos dust. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana to see if you have grounds for a lawsuit.