Asbestos and mesothelioma claims

Pleural thickening compensation claims

When you're exposed to asbestos you're at risk of going on to develop pleural thickening. This is a guide which explains what you need to know about the asbestos related illness and how to make a compensation claim for pleural thickening.

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What is pleural thickening?

Pleural thickening, also referred to as diffuse pleural thickening, is an asbestos related illness caused by inhaling asbestos fibres or dust. This causes a thickening and scarring (fibrosis) of either one or both lungs.

Asbestos isn’t the only cause of pleural thickening. Illnesses and infections can also cause pleural thickening by a build up of fluid around the lungs.

A substantial number of cases of pleural thickening continue to be diagnosed each year, with the main cause being asbestos exposure in the workplace many years ago.

Pleural thickening is a serious condition which is caused by exposure to asbestos dust. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos, even if it was many years ago, you’re at risk of developing an asbestos related illness such as pleural thickening.

Our pleural thickening solicitors are here to help, contact us about beginning a compensation claim.

What are the symptoms of pleural thickening?

Symptoms don’t usually develop until many years after exposure to asbestos dust. However, if symptoms do develop, they may include:

  • Progressive breathlessness
  • Reduced chest wall movement
  • Chest pain
  • Persistent coughing

How is pleural thickening usually diagnosed?

A diagnosis of pleural thickening will typically be made by a chest consultant following investigations which normally include x-rays and / or a CT Scan.

If an x-ray shows some abnormality, the consultant may ask for you to have a CT scan which takes pictures of the inside of the body and provides much more information.

Asbestos is not the only explanation for the development of pleural thickening and therefore, the consultant is likely to take a detailed history from you to determine whether or not it’s asbestos related.

What treatment is available for pleural thickening?

There’s a risk that people suffering from pleural thickening may go on to develop another asbestos related condition, such as asbestosis, asbestos related lung cancer or mesothelioma, but this is due to their exposure to asbestos rather than because they have pleural thickening.

Regular monitoring through x-rays and lung function tests will show progression, and if the disease does progress, treatment such as steroids or oxygen may be offered.

People with pleural thickening are usually advised to stop smoking and keep active which may help with symptoms.

Are there benefits available for people with pleural thickening?

Yes. There are a number of benefits available to people who have pleural thickening. There’s also a one-off payment which you may be entitled to which is the Pneumoconiosis Etc. (Workers Compensation) Act 1979 payment.

For more information about the benefits and payments you may be entitled to, read our Benefits and Payments guide.

Speak to a pleural thickening solicitor

As well as benefits and payments from the Government, you may be entitled to make a pleural thickening compensation claim for your pain and suffering.

We have a strong reputation when it comes finding insurers of companies which have been out of business for many years and securing the best possible outcome for your case.

We offer No Win No Fee agreements to all clients who have been diagnosed with pleural thickening and will not charge any additional fees meaning you’ll get to keep 100% of your pleural thickening compensation.

Contact us on 0330 107 5013 or online here about your pleural thickening compensation claim.

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