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Pleural plaques are distinct patches of scar tissue that form on the lung membrane (pleura). Although symptomless, they are a sign that you’ve been exposed to asbestos at some point, usually appearing between 20 to 30 years after the exposure.
The pleural plaques themselves won’t develop into more serious condition but, as they’re caused by asbestos exposure, you could be at greater risk of developing another asbestos-related disease.
Unfortunately, you can only claim compensation if you’ve developed pleural plaques after coming into contact with asbestos in Scotland, not England or Wales.
This is because the House of Lords decided in 2011 that the symptomless nature of pleural plaques meant that it wasn’t a condition eligible for compensation. The Scottish Parliament overturned this decision, ruling that pleural plaque claims could still be made when the exposure to asbestos had happened in Scotland.
Our Glasgow office can investigate your case, working out how the exposure happened and what could have been done to prevent it. You don’t have to be a current resident of Scotland in order to make a claim.
Despite there being no symptoms associated with pleural plaques, the fact that they’re evidence of asbestos exposure means that you may feel great anxiety about what the future holds. If your exposure to asbestos was in Scotland, we can help you claim compensation for this emotional distress.
Call us on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about making a pleural plaques compensation claim or contact us online.
Although you can’t claim compensation for pleural plaques related to asbestos exposure in England and Wales, our solicitors could help you if you’ve also gone on to develop another asbestos-related disease such as:
If you’d like to find out more about making a claim for pleural plaques (or another asbestos-related disease), please phone one of our advisers on 0800 056 4110. You’ll have a free initial consultation and be able to ask any questions you might have about the claims process.
All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.
* Subject to entering into a No Win No Fee agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.
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