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Pleural thickening is a non-cancerous scarring of the lining of the lung. Pleural thickening, if widespread or diffuse can impair lung function, restricting breathing capacity.
This compensatable condition is often confused with asbestos related pleural plaques which are smaller localised areas of fibrosis found within the pleura of the lung caused by asbestos exposure. In contrast with asbestos related pleural thickening, it has been argued by medical experts that pleural plaques do not cause significant symptoms (if any) and do not impair lung function. They are seen as mere evidence that someone has been exposed to asbestos in the past.
For this reason, defendant insurers have successfully argued through the courts that claims for pleural plaques should not attract an award of compensation. This decision has been upheld and therefore despite pleural plaques being a condition for which compensation could be claimed for over 20 years, this is no longer the case.
The position in respect of asbestos related pleural thickening claims is entirely different and compensation can be recovered for this condition.
If you have been diagnosed with asbestos related pleural thickening and can recall how you came into contact with asbestos you may be eligible to claim compensation from your former employer or their insurers.
As a starting point, it is vital that you instruct specialist asbestos disease compensation solicitors to deal with your claim as this will improve the prospects of you recovering your compensation swiftly. It is important to move quickly on such claims as there are strict time limits for claiming.
Our specialist asbestos disease solicitors will look into the circumstances of your exposure to asbestos and check to see whether a claim can be pursued against your employers or any other party directly. Even if the entities no longer trade, you could still claim against their insurers. We have a database of traced insurers which we will consult when advising you on the prospects of succeeding in your pleural thickening compensation claim.
We pride ourselves on recovering pleural thickening compensation quickly and depending on the facts of your case, claims can settle within a matter of months.
Cases involving asbestos pleural thickening usually settle on a provisional basis. This allows the sufferer to recover some compensation for their condition now, leaving the door open to claim further asbestos disease compensation in the future if their pleural thickening develops or if they go on to be diagnosed with more serious conditions such as mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer.
Our specialist asbestos disease solicitors always deal with all cases on an urgent basis to make as much progress as possible.
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When evaluating a case for pleural thickening compensation, our expert solicitors will ask you a number of questions including:-
Our expert lawyers will also look into the company and insurance history for the potentially liable companies at the outset as a priority.
Depending on the research carried out and the answers to the questions raised, cases for pleural thickening compensation can be settled within a matter of months and in evaluating a potential case, such questions will always be asked at the outset to assist our expert team in assessing the prospects of succeeding in your case.
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Our expert team of asbestos claims solicitors have dealt with a wide variety of pleural thickening claims, often involving novel circumstances. In dealing with so many different past claims for asbestos compensation, our team use their experience and knowledge to assess new claims quickly and advance such cases with focus, speed and vigour.
Here are just some of the notable cases we have dealt with in the past….
Our specialist team of pleural thickening solicitors also keep up to date with all new developments involving pleural thickening, whether this is in the form of groundbreaking medical research, new state benefits, legal reform or newly decided cases.
Our team is committed to raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure resulting in the development of asbestos related pleural thickening by regularly writing newsletters and articles for medical professionals and lay people to review.
It is vital that sufferers are aware of their right to claim asbestos related pleural thickening compensation and are kept informed about changes in all issues surrounding the condition.
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Treatment options for asbestos related pleural thickening will depend on a number of issues, your general health and fitness, the stage of your condition and any additional medical conditions you may have.
As there is currently no cure for pleural thickening, treatment aims at controlling the condition and symptoms for as long as possible.
Your treating medical team will keep you under regular observation in order to monitor any progression of your asbestos related pleural thickening. This will involve the regular taking of x-rays and scans and lung function tests.
We appreciate that you will inevitably have more questions so for further help and advice please just pick up the phone and speak to one of our Solicitors today on Freephone: 0800 058 2737 or if you would prefer send us a quick email
Prior to October 2007, people diagnosed with pleural plaques were able to successfully claim compensation which had developed due to the inhalation of asbestos. However, on 17th October 2007, the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court) stated that compensation claims could no longer be made for Pleural Plaques. The decision was based on the fact that pleural plaques did not cause any symptoms. It is however, important to note that some conditions can later develop in those found to have pleural plaques such as asbestosis, asbestos related lung cancer, diffuse pleural thickening and mesothelioma. The court’s decision was upheld and agreed with by the government who refused to intervene.
As a result of a published Government Consultation paper, the Ministry of Justice introduced the “Pleural Plaques Former Claimants Payment Scheme” a process was put in place to assist people who had made attempts to claim damages for their pleural plaques prior to 17th October 2007. This scheme was closed in August 2011 which means that anyone in England and Wales who has been diagnosed with pleural plaques will not be able to make any form of asbestos disease compensation claim.
Bizarrely and ever since 2011, the situation in Scotland is different. Those diagnosed with pleural plaques are able to make asbestos disease compensation under Scottish Law. Should anyone suffering with pleural plaques be diagnosed with another asbestos related condition, they should seek legal advice from specialist disease lawyers as soon as possible. A claim for asbestos disease compensation can be initiated.
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