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Pleural Thickening Compensation Claims

If you have been diagnosed with pleural thickening, a benign or non-cancerous condition often linked to asbestos exposure, it not only poses significant health risks but can also involve intricate legal challenges. Using specialist pleural thickening solicitors could help you secure the compensation you deserve.

Pleural thickening claims

Pleural thickening, a lung condition often resulting from asbestos exposure, is the thickening and scarring of the pleura, the lining around the lungs. This can lead to serious health issues, including breathlessness and chest pain, severely impacting your daily life and overall well-being.

If you’ve been diagnosed with pleural thickening, claiming compensation is not just about the money; it’s about acknowledging the profound impact this condition has on your life and securing the support you need for your future.

To explore your options for a no win no fee pleural thickening compensation claim and to understand how it can help ease the burden of your condition, call 0800 234 6438 today. Trained legal advisers are ready to offer you free, impartial advice on how to proceed, ensuring you’re well-informed every step of the way.

What is pleural thickening?

Pleural thickening is a condition that affects the lungs, specifically the pleura, which are the thin membranes lining the chest cavity and lungs. It’s often caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos, a material that was widely used in various industries across the UK until the late 20th century. When asbestos fibres are inhaled, they can cause scarring in the pleura, leading to thickening and hardening of this tissue.

Asbestos related pleural thickening can significantly impact your health and your overall well being. You might experience symptoms like chest pain, breathlessness, and reduced lung function, which can be not only discomforting but also limiting in your daily activities. Pleural thickening can range from mild to severe, and in some cases, it may progress to more serious conditions such as mesothelioma and other asbestos related illnesses.

Understanding the nature of this condition is key, especially if you’ve worked in environments where asbestos exposure was likely. Recognising the symptoms early and getting a proper diagnosis are the first steps in managing your health, and also in preparing for a potential compensation claim.

What causes pleural thickening?

Pleural thickening is closely linked to occupational hazards, especially in industries where asbestos was commonly used. In the UK, sectors like construction, shipbuilding, and manufacturing historically relied heavily on asbestos for its heat-resistant properties. Workers in these fields, often without adequate protective measures, were regularly exposed to asbestos fibres, putting them at a higher risk of developing pleural thickening.

The use of asbestos was widespread until its dangers became evident, leading to stricter regulations and eventual bans. However, the latency period of pleural thickening means that individuals exposed decades ago may only now be experiencing symptoms. This delayed onset makes it crucial for anyone who has worked in these industries to be vigilant about their respiratory health.

Which is why understanding the link between your occupation and pleural thickening is vital. It can help you determine if your condition might be related to past asbestos exposure, forming a key part of your compensation claim. If you have a history of working in high-risk industries, consider this connection and seek medical advice if you experience symptoms.

Other causes of pleural thickening

While asbestos exposure is a prominent cause of pleural thickening, there are several other factors that can contribute to this condition:

  • Other occupational exposures: Being exposed to certain industrial substances like silica dust, prevalent in mining and quarrying, and other fibrous minerals such as erionite, can also lead to pleural thickening.
  • Infections: Lung-affecting infections, particularly severe ones like tuberculosis, can result in inflammation and subsequent scarring of the pleura, leading to thickening.
  • Radiation therapy: Patients who have undergone radiation treatments for chest area cancers may experience pleural thickening as a side effect of their treatment.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: As an autoimmune disease that affects various parts of the body including the lungs, rheumatoid arthritis can be a contributing factor to pleural thickening.
  • Pulmonary embolism: This condition, which involves a blood clot in the lungs, can cause inflammation and scarring in the pleural tissues.
  • Collagen vascular diseases: Diseases that cause inflammation and damage to the body’s connective tissues, such as lupus, can lead to pleural thickening.
  • Hemothorax and pleural effusions: The accumulation of blood (hemothorax) or other fluids (pleural effusions) in the pleural space, often due to injury or other medical conditions, can cause scarring and subsequent thickening of the pleural lining.

Pleural thickening compensation claim on a no win no fee basis

If you’ve developed pleural thickening as a result of asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to compensation. The legal framework in the UK recognises the right of individuals to claim compensation for diseases caused by workplace hazards, including asbestos exposure.

If you claim compensation on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis, it makes the process more accessible, especially if you’re worried about upfront legal costs. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, you won’t have to pay any legal fees ahead of your claim. Instead, your solicitor will take on your case with the understanding their fee will only be paid if the claim is successful. This arrangement not only reduces financial stress but also demonstrates the solicitor’s confidence in the merits of your case.

To pursue a compensation claim for pleural thickening, you need to establish a direct link between your condition and asbestos exposure at work. This involves gathering evidence such as medical diagnoses, records of your employment history, and any documentation of workplace safety measures (or lack thereof). Proving this connection is critical for the success of your claim.

The compensation claim process can be complex and may require navigating through various legal requirements. This includes understanding the statutory limitations, proving negligence, and quantifying the maximum compensation you’re eligible for based on the severity of your condition and its impact on your life.

To find out more about making a pleural thickening claim, call 0800 234 6438 today and speak with a trained legal adviser. They’ll listen to what you have to say, and if they feel you have a claim to make they’ll connect you with asbestos lawyers who specialise in asbestos-related claims. Your specialist personal injury solicitor will guide you through each step of the claim process, ensuring you have the best chance of receiving the compensation you deserve.

Can I claim for pleural thickening?

If you’ve been diagnosed with pleural thickening, you may be wondering whether you’re eligible to claim compensation. The answer typically depends on several key factors. Firstly, you need to establish your pleural thickening is a result of asbestos exposure, most likely during your employment.

To be entitled to make a claim, there needs to be evidence your employer failed to provide adequate protection against asbestos exposure. This could include lack of proper safety equipment, inadequate training, or failure to follow health and safety regulations. Additionally, your diagnosis of pleural thickening should be medically confirmed, linking it directly to your asbestos exposure.

Navigating through the legal aspects of a compensation claim can be challenging. So call 0800 234 6438 today and speak with a trained legal adviser about your asbestos related disease. They’ll be able to offer you the necessary support and guidance, with no obligation advice, helping you understand your rights and the process involved in making a successful claim.

What are pleural plaques?

Pleural plaques are distinct areas of fibrosis or scar tissue that develop on the pleura, the thin membrane surrounding the lungs and lining the chest cavity. They’re often associated with asbestos exposure and are considered markers of such exposure. Unlike pleural thickening, which can cause significant health issues, pleural plaques themselves typically do not lead to symptoms or affect lung function.

The formation of pleural plaques usually occurs several years after the initial asbestos exposure. They’re typically identified incidentally during chest X-rays or CT scans carried out for other reasons. The appearance of pleural plaques is a sign the lungs have been exposed to asbestos fibres, but not everyone exposed to asbestos will develop them.

While pleural plaques are not harmful in and of themselves and don’t typically progress to other diseases, their presence is significant. It indicates a history of asbestos exposure, which could potentially put you at risk for other more serious asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis, pleural thickening, or mesothelioma.

If you’ve been diagnosed with pleural plaques, regular health monitoring is recommended to keep a watchful eye for any progression to these more severe conditions.

Can I claim for pleural plaques?

This is a tricky area legally. The issue with pleural plaques is that unlike pleural thickening, they typically don’t cause symptoms or lead to a direct loss of quality of life. As a result, they tend to be treated differently in the context of compensation claims.

In some cases, the courts have ruled that pleural plaques are not actionable for compensation because they are not considered a disease or injury in themselves.

However, the presence of pleural plaques can be indicative of significant asbestos exposure, which may put you at risk for other asbestos-related diseases. Stay vigilant about your health and seek legal advice to understand your rights fully. If you do go onto develop more serious conditions as a result of asbestos exposure, including pleural thickening, you may be eligible for compensation.

For further information call 0800 234 6438 for a free initial consultation with a trained legal adviser. They’ll offer you impartial advice about how to proceed with a pleural thickening claim. They’ll never pressure you into making a claim, but if you wish to proceed, they’ll partner you with specialist solicitors who will represent you on a no win no fee basis.

What are the average pleural thickening claim compensation amounts?

How much compensation you could receive depends on things such as the severity of your condition, the impact on your quality of life, loss of earnings, and any additional costs you may have incurred, like medical expenses or care requirements.

For instance, a person with a minor case, typically involving minimal or short-lived symptoms with little to no lasting impact on quality of life, might expect to receive compensation ranging from a few thousand pounds to around £10,000-£15,000, reflecting the transient nature of symptoms and limited impact on your daily life.

Moderate cases of pleural thickening might include more persistent symptoms, moderate impact on lung function, and some level of discomfort or pain. The compensation for moderate cases often falls within the range of £15,000 to £35,000, accounting for the increased severity and longer duration of symptoms compared to minor cases.

Severe cases of pleural thickening are characterised by significant and chronic symptoms, considerable pain, and a substantial impact on quality of life, including reduced life expectancy and ongoing medical treatment. For these severe cases, e.g. diffuse pleural thickening, compensation can range from £35,000 to £90,000 or more, reflecting the profound impact on your health, well-being, and daily functioning.

Please note, these figures are approximate. For a more accurate assessment of what compensation you might be entitled to, call X and speak with a trained legal adviser. They’ll connect you with a solicitor specialising in asbestos-related claims who will evaluate the specifics of your case, and provide a more tailored estimate based on precedents and their experience in similar cases.

What are the time limits for making a pleural thickening compensation claim?

In the UK, time limits for making compensation claims for conditions like pleural thickening are governed by the Limitation Act 1980.

Typically, you have three years to make a claim for compensation from the date you become aware of your condition (pleural thickening diagnosis) and its potential link to asbestos exposure. This is often referred to as the ‘date of knowledge’. This may not be the date when you were first exposed to asbestos, but rather when you were diagnosed or when a medical professional linked your condition to asbestos exposure.

There are exceptions to this three-year rule, especially in cases where you weren’t immediately aware of your asbestos disease or its cause. For example, if you were diagnosed with pleural thickening many years after your asbestos exposure, the three-year time limit would start from the date of your diagnosis or the date you made the connection between your condition and your asbestos exposure.

Given the complexities surrounding the ‘date of knowledge’ and the exceptions to the standard time limits, it’s advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible after your diagnosis. Expert asbestos solicitors can help clarify these time limits in the context of your specific case and ensure your claim is filed within the appropriate time frame.

Why choose for pleural thickening compensation claims?

Asbestos related diseases can be complicated to claim compensation for. At, we can help you seek the compensation you deserve with your pleural thickening claim. Given everything you and your family are going through, you shouldn’t be facing financial hardship on top of your health issues.

To find out more, or to begin a pleural thickening claim today, call 0800 234 6438 and speak with a trained legal adviser. They’ll offer you free, impartial advice about how to proceed with your claim, and if you’re ready, they’ll partner you with a specialist team who will represent you on a no win no fee basis.

DID YOU KNOW: Research shows that female teachers are at a higher risk of asbestos-related illness than women in other occupations.

Other Important Information

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About the Author

Nicola Laver LLB

Nicola is a dual qualified journalist and non-practising solicitor. She is a legal journalist, editor and author with more than 20 years' experience writing about the law.

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