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Pleural thickening claims

Pleural thickening is a benign (i.e. non-cancerous) condition. Pleural thickening refers to a thickening of the lining of the lungs, the pleura.

Pleural thickening reduces the elasticity of the pleural membrane which can result in impairment of lung function. This in turn can lead to breathlessness and chest pain, which usually manifests after exertion. Symptoms vary from patient to patient depending on the progression of the disease. 

While exposure to asbestos is often the cause of pleural thickening there are other known causes of pleural thickening which include for example:

  • Bacterial pneumonia

  • Emphysema

  • Hemothorax

  • Infection (Tuberculosis)

  • Injury to the ribs

  • Lung contusions

  • Pulmonary embolism

  • Radiation therapy

  • Rheumatoid lung disease

  • Tumours (benign or malignant)

Frequently asked questions about pleural thickening

  1. Are there any time limits for bringing a pleural thickening claim?

    Claimants of pleural thickening generally have three years from the date of diagnosis to bring a claim, however our specialists will be able to provide specific advice for your particular situation.

  2. What if the company that exposed me to asbestos no longer exist?

    As long as the employer who negligently exposed you to asbestos had insurance at the time you were exposed (something which a specialist solicitor would be able to discover) then you will be able to pursue a claim for compensation, even if the company no longer exists.

  3. How much compensation am I likely to recover following a diagnosis of pleural thickening?

    How much compensation you receive for a diagnosis of pleural thickening will depend on a number of different factors including the severity of symptoms, the impact it has on your life, and your age at the date of diagnosis.

    Your personal circumstances will be taken into account so each patient will receive an amount dependent on their particular situation. 

    Damages can be recovered for the illness itself, as well as financial losses incurred as a direct result of the illness such as the cost of care (whether that’s provided by friends and/or family or provided on a professional basis), adaptations to the home and many other losses which have been incurred as a direct result of your illness.

  4. Are there any state benefits which I may be entitled to as a result of my pleural thickening diagnosis?

    You may be entitled to state benefits following a diagnosis of pleural thickening. Our experts will be able to provide guidance on entitlement.

For more asbestos-related frequently asked questions, please visit here.

Legal fees

We operate on a 'no win, no fee' basis. If your case is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay our legal fees. If your case is successful we will seek to recover the legal costs from the defendant.

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