Pleural thickening is not always caused by exposure to asbestos (it can be caused by infection, amongst other things), however, it takes much lower doses of asbestos to cause it compared to conditions like asbestosis.
Pleural thickening is not always symptomatic but symptoms can include breathlessness, chest pain and a reduction in lung capacity.
The typical latency period for pleural thickening is around 20 years although it can also be longer.
As pleural thickening may not necessarily be caused by exposure to asbestos, where there is evidence that such a link is likely however, compensation may be recoverable.
For more information and advice please contact our specialist asbestos lawyers who can advise you on the possibility of pursuing a successful claim.