Exposure to asbestos can cause pleural thickening, which is sometimes called diffuse pleural thickening, leading to breathlessness and discomfort.
If you have been diagnosed with pleural thickening due to contact with asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation.
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Pleural thickening compensation claims
Asbestos-related conditions like diffuse pleural thickening tend to have a long incubation period, meaning that you may not develop any symptoms for years or even decades after exposure.
Dedicated Accident Solicitors are used to dealing with pleural thickening claims due to asbestos exposure that occurred many years ago and have won compensation in many cases where the employer responsible has since gone out of business.
Our friendly team can offer you expert advice about whether you can bring a pleural thickening claim.
What is the pleura?
The lungs are surrounded by a lining (or membrane) called the pleura. There are two layers to the lining – the inner pleura which lines the lungs and the outer pleura which lines the chest wall – and between the two membranes is a fluid. This system helps the lungs to move freely when we breathe in and out.
What is diffuse pleural thickening?
When someone breathes in asbestos particles, the microscopic asbestos fibres can make their way from the lungs and into the lining called the pleura, where they can cause areas of thickening, rather like scarring.
Single areas of pleural thickening are called pleural plaques and, whilst these indicate that there has been exposure to asbestos, the plaques themselves are harmless and do not normally cause any symptoms or require treatment. For this reason, no compensation can usually be claimed for pleural plaques alone.
Diffuse pleural thickening occurs when the thickening of the pleura becomes more widespread. Depending on the extent of the scarring, it can squeeze the underlying lung and prevent the lung from inflating properly. It can affect both lungs (which is called bilateral) or it may only affect one lung (known as unilateral).
The severity of the symptoms of diffuse pleural thickening can vary from mild to very severe and may include:
- Breathlessness on exertion.
- Chest pain, discomfort or tightness.
Pleural thickening is a benign, non-cancerous condition, although it may give rise to a slightly increased risk of developing mesothelioma or lung cancer.
Can pleural thickening be treated?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for pleural thickening as the damage caused by the asbestos is irreversible, although treatment may be given to help to ease the symptoms.
Can I make a pleural thickening claim?
If you have been diagnosed with pleural thickening, caused by contact with asbestos, within the last three years then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. If someone you know died within three years of being diagnosed with pleural thickening, then it may be possible to bring a compensation claim on behalf of their estate, provided the claim is brought within three years of their death.
However, the time limits will depend on your specific circumstances, so it important not to delay and to seek specialist advice as soon as possible.
How we can help
Dedicated Accident Solicitors are specialists in all types of asbestos-related compensation claims, for conditions including diffuse pleural thickening, mesothelioma and asbestosis. Having had years of experience in this type of claim, we understand the issues involved and are keen to secure our clients the compensation they deserve.
If you, or someone you know, is suffering from diffuse pleural thickening as a result of their exposure to asbestos, contact Dedicated Accident Solicitors today to discuss your options and find out what support is available.