Asbestos Related Pleural Plaques

Pleural Plaques are one of the most common signs that someone has been exposed to asbestos. They are benign, localised areas of scar tissue found on the pleura – the lining of the lung. Unlike other asbestos-related diseases, pleural plaques cause disability only rarely.

Whilst many patients with pleural plaques can live for many years without any serious health problems and will not require treatment, there is some research that indicates that these patients have a higher chance of developing more serious asbestos-related diseases later in life.

If you have been diagnosed with pleural plaques but are concerned you could have symptoms of another asbestos-related disease, you should seek medical advice immediately so that your condition can be fully diagnosed.


Can I Claim Compensation for Pleural Plaques?

Whist pleural plaques indicate previous exposure to asbestos, they rarely present with symptoms and require little to no medical intervention. Because of this, the English and Welsh courts no longer recognise this as an injury and since 2007 it has not been possible for individuals diagnosed with pleural plaques alone to claim compensation. You can only claim compensation for pleural plaques if you were exposed to asbestos in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

In very rare cases, where there may be evidence that the pleural plaques are causing a respiratory disability then our specialist team may be able to help you and can advise accordingly.


Can I Claim Compensation for Other Asbestos-Related Diseases?

Whilst it is not possible to claim compensation for asymptomatic pleural plaques related to asbestos exposure in England and Wales, our specialist industrial disease solicitors are able to help you if you go on to develop other asbestos-related illnesses, such as:


Specialist Industrial Disease Solicitors

Larcomes’ friendly and efficient team of specialist industrial disease solicitors has assisted the sufferers of asbestos diseases and their families claim compensation for over 25 years. We understand that it is a worrying and stressful time when you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness. We appreciate that making a compensation claim for your illness may be a daunting prospect.


Get in Touch 

To speak with one of our specialist Industrial Disease team members please call on 023 9244 8100 or make an online enquiry.

If you or a family member has been exposed to asbestos, please visit the website of HASAG Asbestos Disease Support (Hampshire Asbestos Support & Awareness Group) for further information and support. Please click hereto be taken to their website. 

To find out more about our expert industrial disease team, you can click on the links below:

Get in touch

To speak with one of our specialist asbestos compensation claim team,

please call on 023 9244 8100 or make an online enquiry


If you or a family member has been exposed to asbestos, please visit the website of HASAG Asbestos Disease Support for further information and support.

Please click here to be taken to their website.

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