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Diffuse pleural thickening, or pleural thickening as it is sometimes called, is a benign (non-cancerous) condition that can be caused by asbestos exposure.
The ‘pleura’ is a two-layered protective membrane surrounding the lungs and the inside of the rib cage. If asbestos fibres are inhaled, they can become trapped in the pleura causing thickening and scarring.
When the scarring becomes too thick, it is difficult for the lungs to expand properly causing breathing difficulties and chest pain. This can be debilitating and seriously reduce quality of life.
Claiming compensation for asbestos-related diseases
Exposure to asbestos can cause several conditions, including diffuse pleural thickening. If you have been exposed to asbestos in your workplace, for example, you may be able to take legal action for the harm you’ve suffered.
Even if you have no idea how you were exposed to asbestos in the first place, you could still make a compensation claim. A specialist asbestos disease solicitor will investigate your claim fully. They will then track down those responsible and their insurers on your behalf – even if a former employer or organisation has moved on or gone out of business.
If you or a loved one has been affected by pleural thickening or any other asbestos-related disease, Novum Law’s specialist asbestos disease solicitors can advise how much compensation you could be entitled to.
Are you eligible to make a claim for compensation?
Employers have a responsibility to protect workers from exposure to harmful substances. If you have been diagnosed with diffuse pleural thickening and you believe the condition has been caused by exposure to asbestos, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. It is important to get advice from a specialist asbestos disease solicitor with experience in helping people affected by asbestos secure maximum compensation.
There are time limits for bringing claims for asbestos-related diseases, so it is important to seek expert legal advice as soon as possible. If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with diffuse pleural thickening or any other asbestos-related disease, why not get in touch with our specialist team for a free, no-obligation chat?
To learn more, contact Novum Law on Freephone: 0800 884 0777.