Pleural plaques claim explained
If you have been exposed to asbestos in the past over a sustained period of time, you are more likely to contract an asbestos-related disease, the symptoms of which can take 15 to 30 years to become apparent. It may be that you have been told that you have pleural plaques as a result of having worked with asbestos. So, what are pleural plaques and can you make a pleural plaques claim for compensation? Here we give you some common FAQs…
Q: What are pleural plaques?
A: Pleural plaques are small areas of scar tissue on the pleura, the membrane which lines the lungs and the inside of the rib cage. These are normally diagnosed through chest X-ray or a CT scan.
Q: are pleural plaques a cancerous disease?
A: No. Pleural plaques are not a symptom of a cancerous disease. This is a condition which is caused by exposure to asbestos, but it is considerably less serious than other asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma and it is not a form of cancer.
Q: If I have pleural plaques am I likely to develop a more serious disease?
A: Not necessarily. Pleural plaques are not a symptom of any asbestos-related disease. Pleural plaques are also not a pre-malignant form of cancer, so if you have pleural plaques, it does not mean that you will go on to get a more serious asbestos-related disease.
Q: Can I make a pleural plaques claim for compensation?
A: Not currently in England and Wales. As pleural plaques virtually never cause any symptoms, they therefore have no negative impact on your life and, as a result, you cannot make a pleural plaques claim for compensation.
Q: What are the asbestos-related diseases you can claim compensation for?
A: You cannot make a pleural plaques claim for compensation. Asbestos-related diseases which have more serious symptoms and life-limiting implications (and for which you can therefore claim financial compensation) are:
- Asbestosis: Extensive scarring in the lungs, resulting in shrinking and stiffening of the lungs which causes problems of breathlessness, pain and coughing.
- Diffuse pleural thickening: More extensive scarring of the pleura, which results in thickening of the walls of the lungs and restricts breathing.
- Lung cancer: A disease caused, among other things, by prolonged exposure to asbestos.
- Mesothelioma: A malignant tumour which occurs on the lining of the lung or the abdominal cavity.
Q: How could Accident Advice Helpline support me if I need to make a claim for compensation following an asbestos-related illness?
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Date Published: 26th February 2013
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Internal injury claims