Asbestos-related Pleural Thickening?
Asbestos dust and fibres can cause a range of diseases such as asbestosis, pleural effusions, mesothelioma, lung cancer and much more. Asbestos-related pleural thickening is just one of the many illnesses that can be contracted from contact with asbestos.
What is Asbestos-related Pleural Thickening?
Pleural thickening is a lung disease that can be caused by inhaling asbestos dust and fibres.
Pleural thickening refers to the thickening of the lining of the lung, called the pleura – a thin membrane that covers the inside of the rib-cage and the outside of the lungs.
Diffuse pleural thickening (DPT) develops when the pleura thickens to the extent that it can restrict breathing and causes breathlessness. This disease is frequently, but not exclusively, caused by exposure to asbestos dust.
The severity of symptoms and breathing problems depends on how extensive the thickening is.
Who is at risk of developing pleural thickening?
Pleural thickening can develop in people who have been exposed to asbestos through work or an occupational activity, such as shipbuilders, laggers, boilermakers, construction workers, joiners and carpenters.
Pleural thickening can also infrequently be caused by other forms of damage to the chest and lungs, such as lung infections, pneumonia and blunt trauma to the chest, possibly resulting in broken ribs.
Who can make a claim for pleural thickening?
Anyone suffering with asbestos-related diffuse pleural thickening and has been diagnosed within the last 3 years can potentially make a claim for financial compensation.
It is important to note that the 3 year limitation period for making a personal injury claim for pleural thickening 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 thickening?
If you have been diagnosed with diffuse pleural thickening, 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 specialist 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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