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Pleural Thickening Compensation Claims

What is Pleural Thickening?

Pleural Thickening is a disease that can be caused by exposure to asbestos fibres, very often as a result of negligence on the part of previous employers.

Once inhaled the asbestos fibres make their way to the lung and some eventually reach the pleura, the two-layered membrane surrounding the lungs and lining the rib cage. The asbestos fibres can cause fibrosis or scarring of the tissue, causing it to become inflamed. This fibrosis or thickening of the lining of the lung can lead to breathlessness and disability.

Pleural thickening can be found on either one lung (unilateral disease) or both lungs (bilateral disease). Small, localised areas of thickening of the pleura are referred to as pleural plaque, which generally do not cause breathlessness or interfere with lung function.

Extensive areas of pleural thickening sufficient to cause breathing difficulties are often referred to as diffuse pleural thickening. If you are suffering from this type of asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to compensation.

For more information on pleural thickening and how Clear Answers' solicitors can help you receive your rightful compensation, please select one of the following links:

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Increased Risks Of Fatal Asbestos-Related Diseases

In addition to the disabling effect of pleural thickening itself, there is also an increased risk of developing other, often fatal, asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma. The knowledge of this increased risk coupled with the recognition that the person has been exposed to asbestos in the past, often causes great anxiety and is a matter of concern for the sufferer's family.

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Time Limits For Making A Compensation Claim For Pleural Thickening

The time limit for bringing a personal injury claim for pleural thickening is normally three years from the date of diagnosis. As with all asbestos-related diseases, the pleural thickening can take many years to develop, usually not less than 10 to 15 years from the first exposure to asbestos and sometimes up to 40 years or more.

Because of this extended development period, the 3-year time limit period begins when the person has reason to believe they have developed pleural thickening, due to asbestos exposure. This is usually from the time they are diagnosed, and the diagnosis is usually confirmed by an appropriately qualified doctor such as a chest consultant.

If you have been diagnosed with pleural thickening, it is best to seek expert legal advice without delay.

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Why Use Clear Answers For Pleural Thickening Claims?

Clear Answers' solicitors are proven specialists in injury claims linked to all types of asbestos-related diseases. Asbestos-related compensation claims can be very complicated personal injury claims that require sensitive and efficient handling. Our solicitors can offer expert confidential, legal advice.

Our teams of asbestos solicitors have the expertise to trace companies that may have gone out of business decades ago and identify their insurers. This may require a lot of careful and painstaking work in cases where there are often many employers, but is vital in determining who should pay compensation.

We have access to leading barristers and other specialists to help substantiate your claim. For example, medical experts and consulting engineers.

Clear Answers’ solicitors have won landmark cases in the highest courts in the UK for victims of asbestos-related diseases and have a proven commitment to fighting for their rights.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

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What To Do If You Think You May Be Suffering From Pleural Thickening

If you are suffering shortness of breath, and believe you may have been exposed to asbestos in the past, you should visit your GP and explain your concerns. A chest X-ray or a CT scan may be able establish whether pleural thickening is present and causing your condition.

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Am I Entitled To Benefits For Pleural Thickening?

Until April 1997, the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit for this disease was only available to those suffering from the diffuse bilateral pleural thickening. Since then, this benefit has also been available for those with unilateral pleural thickening so long as it meets the criteria for diffuse.

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Asbestos-Related News Stories

Clear Answers' solicitors deal with a large number of all types of personal injury cases, including many asbestos-related cases, each year. To view a sample of these and other successful accident compensation claims, please visit our News Section which is updated regularly.

Widow of laboratory worker receives £150,000 in mesothelioma compensation

A laboratory worker sought our compensation claim advice when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Sadly he died before the case was successfully concluded. However, our specialist asbestos compensation lawyers had secured an interim payment during his lifetime that gave him the reassurance during the little time he had left with his family, that his case would succeed and that his family would be financially secure after his death. Initially diagnosed with pleural thickening, his continued deterioration following the fluid drain, led to further biopsies and he was diagnosed with the fatal asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma.
More about £150,000 in mesothelioma compensation

Asbestos-related compensation for pleural thickening

Having previously made a successful personal injury claim for pleural plaques following his exposure to asbestos dust, and been awarded compensation in the form of a Provisional Damages Order, he sought our specialist asbestos-related claim advice when he was further diagnosed with pleural thickening.
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Compensation Claims For Pleural Thickening

We have teams of lawyers who are experts in all types of asbestos-related diseases, who are waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your claim. Clear Answers’ lawyers have a reputation for obtaining the maximum compensation for people who suffer from an asbestos-related disease as a result of negligence by an employer or someone else.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your claim, to provide you with expert legal advice and to talk you through the claims process in plain English.

If you do have a valid personal injury compensation claim and you decide to instruct Clear Answers to deal with the matter for you.

Please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers if you or a family member is suffering or has suffered an asbestos-related disease. Alternatively, a representative will contact you as soon as possible if you complete one of our on-line compensation claim forms.

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