Pleural thickening is also known as diffuse pleural thickening (DPT). The condition is one of the most commonly diagnosed signs of exposure to asbestos and can cause chest pain and result in a significant decline in breathing capabilities.
Pleural thickening is a disease affecting the lung in which extensive scarring thickens the pleura, which is the thin membrane covering the lungs. As the scar tissue grows, it can encase the lung and close off the space between the lungs and pleura.
The cause and severity of the condition can vary but, it is often the result of prolonged exposure to asbestos. When asbestos fibres are inhaled, it is possible for them to become embedded in the pleura. Once there, the fibres can trigger an inflammatory response; causing the progressive buildup of fibrous scar tissue.
A pleural effusion means that there is a build-up of fluid between a lung and the chest wall.
The pleura is a thin membrane that lines the inside of the chest wall and covers the lungs. There is normally a tiny amount of fluid between the two layers of pleura. This acts like lubricating oil between the lungs and the chest wall as they move when you breathe. A pleural effusion develops when this fluid builds up and separates the lung from the chest wall.
Pleural plaques are a form of scarring of the outer lining of the lung. They are an indication of previous exposure to asbestos but, pleural plaques do not normally cause any symptoms.
If you are diagnosed with pleural plaques, you may be anxious about whether other more serious conditions may result over time.
In October 2007, the House of Lords ruled that compensation would no longer be payable to anyone suffering from pleural plaques. Despite lobbying of the Government, the decision was not overturned despite the fact that in the past it was possible for people suffering from pleural plaques to recover compensation.
The Government, however, did decide to make one-off payments of up to £5,000 to anyone diagnosed with pleural plaques and who had started a claim which was not resolved by the time the House of Lords ended the right to compensation. The deadline for applying to the scheme was 1st August 2011.
If you have been diagnosed with pleural plaques our specialist solicitors are still able to provide with you expert legal advice about your rights so, please contact Isobel Lovett.
A claim for compensation for your asbestos related illness or injury may be brought against the person or organisation which negligently exposed you to asbestos.
There are time limits for bringing claims for compensation for asbestos related diseases and illnesses.
We will explain these to you and work swiftly to ensure that you receive compensation, at the earliest opportunity after your diagnosis.
We will notify your claim to your former employer and obtain an independent expert medical report.
We will recover compensation for your injury, pain, suffering and loss of amenity and for all related financial losses, including loss of earnings and pension, any care costs, medical treatment, travel expenses.
Although you might be worried about legal costs, you should not let this put you off contacting us. You will not have to pay us for our work. If you succeed in your claim, we will be paid by your opponent or their insurers and you keep all of the compensation recovered. If your claim fails, it will not cost you anything
We will advise you on your entitlement to claim state benefits because of your illness. You may not have claimed benefits before. As a sufferer of an asbestos-related condition you may be entitled to state benefits.
Benefits which can help to alleviate any financial pressure you may be experiencing or, assist you with paying for care, equipment or other services needed.
Isobel Lovett and her team will complete and submit the relevant application forms for you, to make sure that you receive your full entitlement.
Our Industrial Disease Solicitors are backed by nearly four decades of experience with asbestos related conditions compensation cases. Our legal practice and team of Industrial Disease Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving the best possible results. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.