Asbestos-related Pleural Effusions?
Pleural effusions may develop for a number of reasons. They are also usually accompanied by other asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.
What are Asbestos-related Pleural Effusions?
The pleura – a thin membrane that covers the inside of the rib-cage and the outside of the lungs – is made up of two layers and produces a fluid to help the lungs move smoothly as we breath.
If this fluid builds up, this is known as a pleural effusion.
One of the known causes of pleural effusions are lung diseases following exposure to asbestos dust and fibres. If a person does develop a pleural effusion due to asbestos exposure, it will not develop until 10 – 50 years after the exposure to asbestos has occurred.
The symptoms for pleural effusions can include a dry cough, shortness of breath, a sharp chest pain that intensified when you cough or breathe deeply, rapid breathing and a fever.
Who is at risk of developing a pleural effusion?
Pleural effusions develop due to damage caused by the presence of another, more serious asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma.
If you are told that you have suffered from a pleural effusion, it is important to find out what has caused the build-up of fluid, as this could lead to the discovery of an asbestos-related disease.
Those at risk of developing a pleural effusion are people who have been exposed to asbestos through work or an occupational activity, such as shipbuilders, boilermakers, laggers, construction workers, carpenters and joiners.
Can you make a claim for pleural effusions?
If you have suffered from a pleural effusion, the first thing you need to do is ask your doctor what caused the build-up of fluid to occur, as you might have an underlying and undiagnosed asbestos-related disease.
If your pleural effusion has been linked to an asbestos-related disease caused by occupational exposure to asbestos dust and fibres, you may be able to make a claim for your industrial disease, as long as the disease was diagnosed within the last 3 years.
It is important to note that the 3 year limitation period for making a personal injury claim for an asbestos-related disease starts from the date you were first diagnosed with the disease, rather than when you were exposed to asbestos, which could have been as long as 50 years ago.
How do you claim for an asbestos-related disease?
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, pleural thickening or asbestosis that has caused you to suffer from a pleural effusion, it is important to get in touch with Birchall Blackburn Law today to start your claim. Call our team on Freephone 0800 783 8485 or fill in our contact form here and we will get in touch with you.
Our experienced asbestos solicitors and industrial disease team will guide you through the civil compensation claims process, taking on all responsibility to let you and your loved ones focus on what is important.
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