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Pleural thickening or diffuse pleural thickening is a non-cancerous thickening of the pleural membrane surrounding the lung(s). It can cause breathlessness and may become more severe over time.
Pleural thickening can occur due to asbestos exposure if airborne asbestos particles become embedded in the pleura, causing inflammation and scarring. The effects of pleural thickening normally appear 20 years or more after exposure to asbestos.
When someone is diagnosed with diffuse pleural thickening then legal advice should be sought to consider if a claim for compensation can be made.
We have many years of experience in making diffuse pleural thickening claims. Read our case studies to find out how we have helped others.
We provide an initial consultation free of charge. At that meeting we can discuss and agree together how to fund a claim. In the majority of cases, we can offer Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA’s or “no win, no fee”).
We are happy to discuss the possibility of bringing a claim with you, without any obligations to take matters further. This is also the case for the families of those who suffered in life with pleural thickening.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
If you have diffuse pleural thickening and believe the disease was caused by your employment then you are entitled to apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, a weekly payment from the government.
Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers Compensation) Act 1979
A lump sum payment under the Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers Compensation) Act 1979 can also be applied for where the diffuse pleural thickening was caused by employment, provided that no compensation from a civil claim in respect of the disease has already been received. This award is generally made when the employer has ceased trading and no insurer can be traced.
If you have been diagnosed as suffering from diffuse pleural thickening we can help. Contact us on 0800 884 0718 or email IDClaims@boyesturner.com and one of our team will be happy to discuss your claim. For further information please download our Pleural Thickening Claims Factsheet.
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