Asbestosis & Pleural Thickening

Asbestosis and pleural thickening are two benign conditions potentially caused by exposure to asbestos leading to the inhalation of asbestos fibres, and are a result of the scarring this can cause.


Asbestosis is caused by the scarring to the alveoli, which are the tissues responsible for the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen. Symptoms you may suffer from include:

  • shortness of breath
  • coughs and chest pain

Diagnosis can be made via:

  • x-ray
  • CT scan  
  • biopsy

Our lawyers have handled many asbestos claims against heavy industry in the UK. If you want to know whether your symptoms may be asbestos related or need advice in claiming, then call us now on 0800 054 6570 or email for immediate advice.

Pleural thickening

Pleural thickening is scaring to the pleura that has become widespread and has the potential to restrict lung capacity. If the disease is widespread and affects both lungs, then it is referred to a bilateral diffuse pleural thickening.

There are several other potential causes of pleural thickening, including:

  • pneumonia
  • tuberculosis
  • malignancy
  • infection

The courts have also ruled that pleural thickening can only be compensated to the extent that it is symptomatic, and so lung function tests need to be performed. This is another potentially complex area that requires expert legal advice.

Get in touch

There are strict time limits in pursuing claims both for asbestosis and pleural thickening, and if you have any doubts you should call us now on 0800 054 6570, or fill in the contact form on the right-hand side of this page and one of our lawyers will advise you of the steps you need to take to protect your position.

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