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Pleural thickening can be caused by exposure to asbestos. Like the other asbestos diseases, pleural thickening can take several decades after exposure to asbestos for symptoms to reveal themselves.
What is pleural thickening?
Pleural thickening is scarring and hardening of the lining that covers the lungs (the pleura). This makes it difficult for the two layers of the lining of the lungs to slide over one another, or in other words, it makes it difficult for the lungs to expand. As such, a sufferer is likely to experience breathlessness.
It is a potentially disabling condition which can be extremely concerning for sufferers who can be susceptible to other asbestos diseases.
Symptoms of Pleural Thickening
Usually it takes around 20 years for symptoms of pleural thickening to develop. BUT it is important to note that not all sufferers of pleural thickening display symptoms.
Symptoms commonly associated with pleural thickening include:
- Chest Pain
- Reduced chest wall movement
- Persistent cough
- Impaired lung function
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we would urge you to see a GP as soon as possible
Diagnosis of pleural thickening
Pleural thickening can be identified through ultrasound and/or CT scan.
On an ultrasound, the image of the lungs in which pleura is thickened appears differently to pleural fluid.
On a CT scan, areas as thin as 1mm can be detected as the thickening shows up as dense tissue between the chest wall and the lungs.
Treatment of pleural thickening
Unfortunately, the damage caused by pleural thickening is irreversible.
But, there are a number of treatments to improve quality of life and reduce symptoms of pleural thickening.
Pain medications such as bronchodilators, antibiotics and steroids are commonly prescribed to help with breathing and where someone suffers from pleural effusion.
It is sometimes possible to perform thoracentesis to help with breathing by reducing, this involves removing excess fluid from the chest.
In rare instances, pleurectomy surgery can be performed to remove parts of the pleura and nearby chest linings.
We are here to help you.
We can assist you in finding and contacting asbestos victim support groups to access vital support for those affected by asbestos exposure.
If you have been diagnosed with pleural thickening and are looking for more information and support, or want to explore the option of bringing a pleural thickening claim, speak to us today.
We are able to assist, not only with the claim itself, but also applications for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB).
You can call us on for free on 0800 0351 999 or fill out the contact form and we will call you back.
We pride ourselves on providing a personalised service for each and every one of our clients; we understand that every person is unique, so we ensure that your legal service are too.
Some of our success cases:
Mesothelioma Compensation for Dock Worker
Instructed by the estate of JH who had been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos dust in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Unfortunately, JH passed away before providing instructions but a claim was made successfully against his former employer. An award of over £150,000 was obtained for JH’s family.
Mesothelioma compensation for construction worker
Instructed by a client who had been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos dust whilst building new homes on constructions sites in the 1960’s. A successful claim was made against the construction firm and an award of £80,000 was obtained.
Asbestosis compensation for electrician
Instructed by a retired electrician who had come into contact with asbestos whilst undertaking electrical contracting work in schools in the Midlands during the 1970s and 1980s. The client was diagnosed with asbestosis, a debilitating asbestos related disease, and passed away during the course of the case. Assistance was given to the client with his benefit applications and providing his family with advice on probate issues after the client had passed away. An award of £65,000 was obtained.
Compensation for sufferer of pleural thickening
Instructed by a former builder who worked on new build housing sites in the 1960s. The client was exposed to workers cutting sheets of asbestos in his immediate vicinity. Evidence to support the client’s claim was obtained quickly and was sent to the Defendant’s insurers. An award of £27,000 was obtained.
Compensation for asbestos related lung cancer
Instructed by a sufferer of asbestos related lung cancer. The client had lagged pipe work with asbestos materials in the early 1960s but the company had ceased to exist. Enquiries to trace where the liabilities of the company had gone and to inform the insurers were carried out quickly. A witness appeal was made. An award of £20,000 was obtained.
Mesothelioma Claim for Dockyard Worker
RS was employed as a pipe “lagger” in the dockyard. He was exposed to asbestos dust whilst working in the 1970’s and was diagnosed with mesothelioma. RS passed away before the claim concluded. A successful claim was brought against his employer following RS death and an award of over £80,000 was obtained.
Johnathan Steventon-Kiy specialises in clinical negligence, industrial disease and personal injury litigation.
Johnathan joined Swain & Co Solicitors in January 2017 at the Firm’s Havant office. Johnathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) and is a member of the Association of Personal Injury lawyers (APIL).