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Pleural plaques advice

What are pleural plaques?

Pleural plaques are small isolated areas of thickening on the inside of the rib cage, commonly caused by a lower dose of asbestos exposure than is needed for asbestosis.

It is often referred to as “scarring” of the lining of the lungs and is a benign condition not normally causing any respiratory problems.

Is compensation available for pleural plaques?

Pleural plaques which do not impair breathing no longer entitle you to compensation, however they are an indicator that you have been exposed to asbestos and as such you may be at risk of developing a more serious asbestos related condition.

If your health deteriorates then you should urgently seek the advice of your treating doctors to ensure that you are not suffering from an asbestos related lung condition over and above pleural plaques.

If you have been exposed to asbestos in Scotland or Northern Ireland, the law is different and a claim can be made.

If you have any queries at all then please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 884 0718 or email

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