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Pleural plaques are areas of scar tissue on the membrane of the lungs that is caused by exposure to asbestos. If you have suffered from pleural plaques due to your working in a hazardous industrial environment and go on to contract another asbestos-related disease, this illness could be used to demonstrate your wrongful exposure to asbestos and could help you to make a compensation claim for other asbestos-related diseases you may be suffering from.
Sadly, current legislation in England and Wales is such that you cannot claim for compensation if you suffer from pleural plaques alone, even if your suffering is as a result of another party's negligence. However, this is not the case if you live in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where making a pleural plaques claim may still be possible.
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Pleural plaques are a common risk of working in an industrial setting where there has been excessive or sustained use of asbestos. It is the name given when the two-layered membrane surrounding the lungs and inside lining of the rib cage become thickened and a chalky material accumulates there.
It is important to remember that pleural plaques can be harmless and they need not increase the risk of your contracting other asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma or pleural thickening. Although they do not represent a premalignant form of cancer, they do highlight your exposure to asbestos.
If you contract another asbestos-related disease, the presence of pleural plaques can aid any claim for compensation regarding wrongful exposure to asbestos.
People most at risk of pleural plaques are those who work in industries where it is common to come into contact with hazardous materials such as asbestos.
Workers at high risk of developing this lung condition include:
Sufferers will often remain oblivious to their condition because it does not cause breathlessness or pain. Indeed, you may live with them for years without being aware that they are there, and they may not cause any long-term health problems. However, occasionally they can lead to:
- Difficulty breathing
In some cases, there is also the possibility of lung capacity being reduced.
Here at JMW, we have dealt with thousands of claims for industrial disease and we can claim on your behalf. We can provide the advice and guidance you need if you have suffered from pleural plaques or any other asbestos-related disease and are unsure of where to turn next.
We are constantly monitoring government legislation when it comes to pleural plaques and will be happy to stay in touch with you regarding any changes in the law. If you are interested in joining our pleural plaques mailing list, please send an email to: PleuralPlaques@jmw.co.uk and we will get back to you.