close [X]

Call back for new
personal injury claims only

Leave your details to request a call back.

* Required fields

Yes No further information     

Diffuse Pleural Thickening Claim

What is Pleural Thickening?
  Pleural Thickening or Diffuse Pleural Thickening
What should I do if I think I have Pleural Thickening?
  Action to take if you suspect you have an Asbestos Related Illness
About Asbestos and Asbestos Related Illnesses
  Pleural Thickening and other illnesses caused by Asbestos
News Stories about Pleural Thickening Compensation
  Stories about Clients we have helped with their Pleural Thickening Claims
Comments from victims of Asbestos we have helped make a Pleural Thickening Claim
  Clients who have received their Pleural Thickening Compensation
Pleural Thickening Compensation
  Advice on how to begin a Pleural Thickening Claim for Compensation

What is Pleural Thickening?

Pleural Thickening or Diffuse Pleural Thickening

Pleural Thickening can be caused by exposure to asbestos.  The asbestos fibres which are inhaled through the nose or mouth into the lungs, can make their way out to the pleura (the two layered membrane surrounding the lungs) and cause scarring and thickening.

If the areas of thickening are not widespread and are isolated to small areas they do not generally cause any symptoms and are known as pleural plaques; however if they cover a large area where they may make breathing difficult, they are known as diffuse pleural thickening.

Pleural Thickening can develop on one lung or on both lungs and causes the tissue to harden, which in turn prevents the lungs from working correctly, making the sufferer feel breathless.

Pleural Thickening can be a disabling condition by itself; however, it also proves that the sufferer has been exposed to asbestos in the past which puts them at risk of developing other asbestos related diseases such as asbestosis or mesothelioma.

If you have been diagnosed with pleural thickening, you may be able to make a claim for pleural thickening compensation.

[Back to Top]

What should I do if I think I have Pleural Thickening?

Action to take if you suspect you have an Asbestos Related Illness

If you know that you have been exposed to asbestos in the past and you start to suffer from symptoms such as shortness of breath or tightness across your chest, you should visit your own GP and mention your concerns.

Your GP may decide to send you for a scan or an x-ray which should show if you have developed an asbestos related disease such as pleural thickening.

If your GP diagnoses you as having pleural thickening or any other asbestos related illness, you may be able to make a claim for compensation and should contact a specialist personal injury solicitor.

[Back to Top]

About Asbestos and Asbestos Related Illnesses

Pleural Thickening and other illnesses caused by Asbestos

Most people who develop asbestos related illnesses, such as pleural thickening have been exposed to asbestos at work many years before. Asbestos was widely used because it was non-flammable, flexible, virtually indestructible and low heat-conducting. It was considered to be perfect for use in insulation, brake linings, and cement and fire-proofing and was only banned from use in the UK in 1999.

As asbestos related diseases such as pleural thickening take many years to develop, people who were exposed to asbestos at work as far back as the 1950's and 1960's may only be starting to develop symptoms now.

Thompsons Solicitors have also written an information page with advice for people who have recently been exposed to asbestos but have not been diagnosed with a related illness.

If you have been diagnosed as suffering from an asbestos related illness such as pleural thickening, you may be able to make a pleural thickening claim.

[Back to Top]

News Stories about Pleural Thickening Compensation

Stories about Clients we have helped with their Pleural Thickening Claims

In the past we have published many news stories about personal injury claims we have dealt with for pleural thickening compensation.  You can find links to a selection of these news stories below or you can read all of our news stories by visiting our News Desk.

16th May 2013 - Retired Tyneside shipyard worker compensated for chronic lung condition

8th May 2013 - London dock worker compensated for asbestos disease

5th March 2013 - Union member compensated for asbestos disease

14th December 2012 - Asbestos compensation for former apprentice

11th December 2012 - Wearside shipwright compensated for asbestos disease

3rd January 2012 - Fitter receives interim compensation for asbestos disease

23rd March 2010 - Asbestos compensation delayed by insurers

1st March 2010 - Wirral man receives compensation for asbestos disease

24th February 2010 - Asbestos compensation for former Shell employee

6th January 2010 - Grandfather disabled by asbestos related disease receives compensation

8th December 2009 - Tate & Lyle compensate worker with asbestos disease

30th September 2009 - T&N pensioner receives compensation

16th March 2009 - Five figure compensation for lagger’s asbestos disease

29th December 2008 - Welder receives compensation for pleural thickening

16th December 2008 - Royal Shakespeare Company employee develops asbestos related disease

2nd December 2008 - McAlpines’ Former Employee Compensated for Pleural Thickening

7th August 2007 - A man who was exposed to asbestos while working as steel erector has been compensated after developing an asbestos-related disease

11th May 2007 - MP David Miliband has stepped in to help a former shipyard worker gain access to a compensation award

3rd April 2007 - Workers who were exposed to deadly asbestos dust while repairing ships on the Tyne are being forced to wait for compensation payouts worth thousands of pounds

1st March 2007 - Compensation following exposure to dangerous asbestos fibres

14th February 2007 - ASLEF member receives £23,500 for asbestos-related pleural thickening

22nd January 2007 - Filey man awarded compensation after exposure to asbestos

12th October 2006 - Former Yorkshire Water employee and GMB member secures £30,000 following asbestos exposure

20th September 2006 - Insurers of local Foundry sought by Asbestos Victim

[Back to Top]

Comments from victims of Asbestos we have helped make a Pleural Thickening Claim

Clients who have received their Pleural Thickening Compensation

We often find that clients write and thank us for our service after their personal injury claims have been settled.  Examples of some of the thank you letters we have received relating to pleural thickening claims can be found below.  If you would like to read all of the thank you letters we have published, visit our Comments from our Personal Injury Clients page.

  • Mr W, now retired contracted asbestos-related pleural thickening during the course of his past employment as a research chemist, building asbestos furnaces at the University of Salford. Thompsons Solicitors' specialist personal injury lawyers dealt with his pleural thickening claim and he was awarded £60,000 compensation.  He wrote to thank Thompsons after he received his pleural thickening compensation and his thank you letter read "I feel I should write to express our appreciation of your efforts on our behalf. I thought that the engineering reports were very professional and most critical of University safety procedures. The medical expert in my case received my wife and I with kindness and consideration and went to great lengths to explain my condition. Clydeside Action on asbestos have also been very supportive and I am writing to them as well to express my thanks."
  • Mr Harrison was exposed to asbestos from the 1950's until the 1990's by different employers and went on to develop Pleural Plaques and Pleural Thickening.  With help from Thompsons Solicitors' specialist personal injury lawyers, he received £10,000 compensation now with the provision to make a further claim in the future if his condition deteriorates. An extract of his thank you letter read "I write to thank you and your team for the successful outcome of my claim. The settlement was already above my expectations and much appreciated. Once again, many thanks".

[Back to Top]

Pleural Thickening Compensation

Advice on how to begin a Pleural Thickening Claim for Compensation

If you or someone you know has developed Diffuse Pleural Thickening or any other asbestos related disease, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any injury claim including pleural thickening claims.  For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters and specialise in helping victims of asbestos make compensation claims. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for pleural thickening compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a pleural thickening claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

[Back to Top]