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Claims for pleural thickening

Diffuse pleural thickening is the name given to scarring of the pleura (the two layered membrane which surrounds the lungs and lines the inside of the ribcage). It is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres which work their way out through the lungs and into the lining.

If pleural thickening extends over a large area it may restrict expansion of the lungs leading to breathlessness. The level of disability varies considerably between individuals. The condition can (but does not always) progress.

The majority of those diagnosed with pleural thickening were exposed to asbestos in the latter part of the 20th century. It can take many years for the condition to develop and it is generally associated with substantial exposure to asbestos.

It may be possible to recover compensation for a diagnosis of pleural thickening if it can be shown that the exposure to asbestos was negligent. If you would like advice about pursuing a claim then contact a member of our specialist team.