Pleural thickening is a condition where the membrane surrounding the lungs becomes scarred and thickened, due to inhaling asbestos fibres that have passed through the lungs.
If the thickening only occurs within small areas and does not cause symptoms, this is known as pleural plaques. However if the thickening is widespread meaning that breathing is difficult this is known as diffuse pleural thickening.
The symptoms from pleural thickening can be a disabling condition but also unfortunately the presence of it can increase your chances of developing further asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis or mesothelioma.
The dangers of asbestos and prolonged exposure have been known for decades, but action to prevent others being harmed was far too slow, meaning that many people have been needlessly exposed. The effects of exposure to asbestos can take many years, even over 40 years, to show any effect after the initial exposure.
If you think you have developed the disease due to exposure to asbestos as work you could be able to make a pleural thickening claim for compensation.
Our highly experienced legal team have helped many victims who have developed asbestos related diseases such as pleural thickening. Hattons Solicitors Senior Partner Bruce Hatton has been helping victims for over 20 years.
Hattons Solicitors can advise you of your best options and answer any concerns or questions that you have before processing any claim. It is best to find out your legal options soon after being diagnosed as there are strict time limits on making a claim.
We work closely with our clients to keep them informed about their claim and our clients can also be reassured by having access to our online file view system to find out where their case is up to at their own convenience.
If you would like legal advice on making pleural thickening claim after exposure to asbestos please call our legal team on 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the Claim Now form and we will call you back.