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Pleural plaques are distinct patches of scar tissue that form on part of the lung (the pleura). They’re a sign that you’ve inhaled asbestos dust or fibres at some point. Over time, they may harden and become calcified pleural plaques.
They don’t cause any symptoms and usually only appear 20 to 30 years after asbestos exposure.
The pleural plaques won’t develop into a more serious condition, but you could be at a higher risk of getting another asbestos-related disease.
You can only claim compensation for developing pleural plaques in Scotland – not in England or Wales.
In 2011, the House of Lords decided that you can’t claim compensation for plural plaques because they’re symptomless.
The Scottish Parliament reversed this decision. They allowed people to make pleural plaque claims if the asbestos exposure happened in Scotland.
Our Glasgow office can investigate your case and work out how your exposure happened and if there were ways to prevent it. You don’t have to be a current resident of Scotland to make a claim.
Even though pleural plaques have no symptoms, they do mean you were exposed to asbestos and you may feel anxious about your future. 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.
You can’t claim compensation for pleural plaques related to asbestos exposure in England and Wales. Our solicitors could help you if you go on to develop another asbestos related disease, such as:
Our asbestos related claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis, with a free initial enquiry available too. As well as helping to secure you compensation, we can also help you access rehabilitation and care services to aid your recovery.
If you’d like to find out more about making a claim for pleural plaques (or another asbestos-related disease), 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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