If you have been diagnosed with Pleural Thickening within the last 3 years as a result of exposure to Asbestos and it is associated with your past or present employment then contact LPS today.
LPS has dedicated Industrial Disease solicitors that have helped thousands of people successfully claim pleural thickening compensation. We aim to the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim using our No Win No Fee claims process.
What is Pleural Thickening?
Diffuse pleural thickening is one of two non-malignant diseases which affect the pleura of the lung
The other non-malignant pleural disease is pleural plaques. Diffuse pleural thickening refers to widespread pleural thickening and usually affects the visceral pleura. Focal pleural thickening is a term which can be used to describe a single area of pleural thickening, often referred to as a pleural plaque.
The pleural membrane is the protective tissue between the outside of the lungs and the inside of the chest cavity which is thin, moist and slippery. The pleural membrane consists of two layers; and the inner layer (or visceral pleura) covers the lungs and the outer layer (or parietal pleura) lines the inner aspect of the chest cavity. The pleura are covered with la layer of mesothelial cells. The space between the two layers normally contains fluid which lubricates and enables the movement of the lung during respiration.
Pleural thickening occurs as a result of scarring, calcification and/or thickening of the pleura. Diffuse pleural thickening consists of a layer of confluent pleural thickening. Diffuse pleural thickening can be either bilateral (meaning that it affects both lungs) or unilateral (affecting only one of the lungs).
What causes Pleural Thickening?
While exposure to asbestos is often the cause of pleural thickening there are many other known causes of pleural thickening which include:-
- Bacterial pneumonia
- Pleural effusion
- Pulmonary embolism
- Radiation therapy
- Lung contusions
- Rheumatoid lung disease
- Tumours (benign or malignant)
- Infection (Tuberculosis)
- Injury to the ribs
How does asbestos exposure result in Pleural Thickening?
Pleural thickening can occur as a result of the prolonged exposure to asbestos over an extended period of time.
Every day various dust particles enter the respiratory system as a result of inhalation. Larger particles are trapped in the nasal passages but smaller particles are able to pass the larynx and enter the main airways. Some of these are removed by the body’s natural defence mechanism; the particles are trapped in the mucus which lines the airways and the mucus containing asbestos fibres is then pushed upwards by the cilla and it is then swallowed or expectorated.
Diffuse pleural thickening does not develop immediately after exposure to asbestos. The latency period for the disease is around 20 – 40 years from the date of the first exposure, although this can occur sooner if it develops following asbestos-related pleural effusion. Where asbestos related pleural effusion has been present and has resolved scar tissue is often formed on the pleura
Who is at risk?
You are a risk of developing diffuse pleural thickening if you have been subject to prolonged asbestos exposure
Individuals involved in the following professions are generally thought to be at risk of asbestos exposure.
- Building surveyors
- Cable layers
- Carpenters or joiners
- Textile workers
- Computer installers
- Telecommunication engineers
- Ship yard
- Demolition workers
- Fire or burglar alarm installers
- Heating and ventilation engineers
- Construction workers
- General maintenance
- Roofing contractors
- Insulation workers
- Fire fighters
- Gas fitters
- Shop fitters
What to do now?
If you have been diagnosed with Pleural Thickening, you may be able to claim compensation. contact LPS we work on a No Win No Fee basis so call our Industrial Disease solicitors today on 0800 996 1807, text 4myclaim to 88802, chat to us online or complete our short form now.