Pleural Thickening Compensation Claims
If you have been diagnosed with pleural thickening as a result of asbestos exposure, you may be wondering whether you can claim for compensation. It is important to speak to a solicitor as soon as you have been diagnosed, to ensure you obtain the right compensation for your illness.
You may have discovered you have pleural plaques after a routine x-ray; however it is not possible to obtain compensation for pleural plaques in England and Wales as they do not cause symptoms.
How we can help…
You may have been exposed to asbestos fibres through work, resulting in a diagnosis of pleural thickening. Your solicitor will help you claim compensation from your current or former employer, advising you and guiding you throughout the process of making a claim.
Sufferers of pleural thickening may be eligible to receive financial help – your lawyer will be able to advise you on the support you can benefit from.
Our team has extensive experience and knowledge of dealing with asbestos-related illnesses such as pleural thickening. We work closely alongside medical experts such as consultant physicians and specialist nurses to inform your case and ensure a successful outcome.
We can meet you at your home or contact you by telephone or email to progress your case, either within or outside normal office hours.
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Pleural plaques rarely cause symptoms and most people are unaware that they have pleural plaques until they are advised of this by a radiologist following routine x-ray. Pleural plaques are caused by asbestos exposure and are lesions or scars on the inside of the lungs. They usually appear after 20 years or more of asbestos exposure. Pleural plaques can become more extensive, but they never progress into mesothelioma or lung cancer.
Please note that it is not possible to obtain compensation or other welfare payments for pleural plaques in England and Wales as the plaques themselves cause no symptoms. You can read more about pleural plaques for health care professionals here.
Pleural thickening is extensive scarring of the lung walls sufficient enough to thicken the lung walls and restrict lung function. It can cause symptoms and, as with mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer and asbestosis, it is possible to claim compensation from former employers. Pleural thickening occurs after prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres and usually after a period of 10-20 years or more.
Diffuse pleural thickening is a definition given where the thickening of the lung walls is at least 5mm in one or more places. Diffuse pleural thickening can be unilateral (one lung only) or bilateral (both lungs).