If you have been anywhere in the Pacific Northwest within the last week, you already know of the intolerable heat dome hovering over the entire region. Temperatures in Seattle broke the city’s all-time record on June 27, only to exceed it the following day.
While everyone can agree that the high heat and sticky humidity are miserable, for those already suffering from mesothelioma and other debilitating lung conditions, these conditions can be deadly. As of mid-day on July 2, approximately 30 fatalities have been attributed to the intense heat, authorities with the state asserted. From June 25 through July 1, 1,792 Washington residents checked into emergency rooms because of probable heat-related illnesses, as reported by the state Department of Health. Of that total, over 20% had to be admitted to the facilities.
Chronic illnesses make people more vulnerable to high temps
Mesothelioma victims must take precautions to avoid further stressors that can adversely affect their damaged lungs. This is just one more serious and worrisome issue with which those diagnosed with mesothelioma must cope.
Because mesothelioma typically presents no symptoms for decades, a heat-related emergency that makes breathing much more difficult could be the catalyst of mesothelioma diagnoses for those who formerly worked with and around asbestos.
Do you suspect your condition is linked to your former job(s)?
If you do wind up diagnosed with mesothelioma, know that there is potential compensation available to you. Companies established asbestos trusts to assist their employees who get diagnosed with mesothelioma. Learning more about your options can help you in your fight for civil justice.