What are Pleural Plaques?
Pleural plaques are small areas of localised scarring or calcification found on the pleura – the lining of the lungs and rib-cage.
It only takes minimal exposure to asbestos dust and fibres to cause pleural plaques to develop.
In almost all cases of pleural plaques there are no symptoms and they cause no problems to long term health, which is why in England and Wales there is no compensation available for developing them. Pleural plaques simply indicate that there has been exposure to asbestos.
Who is at risk of developing pleural plaques?
Pleural plaques can develop in people who have had any amount of exposure to asbestos. People who had jobs such as shipbuilders, laggers, boilermakers, construction workers, joiners and carpenters are more likely to develop pleural plaques as they could have been exposed to higher levels of asbestos dust and fibres.
Pleural plaques has been found to also develop following secondary, or “shakedown”, exposure to asbestos. Those who worked with asbestos would often come home to their families covered in asbestos dust, and their wives and partners might wash or shake their overalls, work clothes and tools, possibly breathing in the asbestos themselves.
Can I make a claim for pleural plaques?
Unfortunately, you can’t claim compensation for pleural plaques if you were exposed to asbestos in England or Wales.
The decision was made by the House of Lords in 2007 to remove compensation for the condition as it causes no symptoms and causes no problems to long term health.
If you were exposed to asbestos in either Scotland or Northern Ireland and go on to develop pleural plaques, you may be able to claim compensation – their devolved parliaments made the decision to reinstate compensation for those diagnosed with pleural plaques.
Can I claim compensation for other asbestos-related diseases in England and Wales?
If you have been diagnosed with pleural plaques following asbestos exposure in England or Wales this does not prevent you from seeking civil compensation should you go on to develop another, more serious asbestos-related disease.
Asbestos-related diseases you can claim compensation for are:
If you have been diagnosed with one of these diseases, 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 matters most.
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