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Our expert asbestos claims team have long standing relationships with many agencies and charities that help people with asbestos related diseases, and their families, receive as much assistance and support as possible during a very difficult time.

What is pleural thickening?

Pleural thickening or diffuse pleural thickening is a non-cancerous thickening of the pleural membrane surrounding the lung(s). It can cause breathlessness and may become more severe over time.

Pleural thickening can occur due to asbestos exposure if airborne asbestos particles become embedded in the pleura, causing inflammation and scarring. The effects of pleural thickening normally appear 20 years or more after exposure to asbestos.

Is compensation for diffuse pleural thickening available?

When someone is diagnosed with diffuse pleural thickening then legal advice should be sought to consider if a claim for compensation can be made.

Have you helped others with diffuse pleural thickening?

We have many years of experience in making diffuse pleural thickening claims. Read our case studies to find out how we have helped others.

How much will it cost to bring a claim?

We provide an initial consultation free of charge. At that meeting we can discuss and agree together how to fund a claim. In the majority of cases, we can offer Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA’s or “no win, no fee”).

What should I do next?

We are happy to discuss the possibility of bringing a claim with you, without any obligations to take matters further. This is also the case for the families of those who suffered in life with pleural thickening, contact us at IDclaims@boyesturner.com .

What benefits are available?

  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit -  If you have diffuse pleural thickening and believe the disease was caused by your employment then you are entitled to apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, a weekly payment from the government.
  • Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers Compensation) Act 1979 -  A lump sum payment under the Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers Compensation) Act 1979 can also be applied for where the diffuse pleural thickening was caused by employment, provided that no compensation from a civil claim in respect of the disease has already been received. This award is generally made when the employer has ceased trading.

How do I apply for these benefits?

We can assist you in the process of applying for benefits.

Pleural plaques advice

Pleural plaques are small isolated areas of thickening on the inside of the rib cage, commonly caused by a lower dose of asbestos exposure than is needed for asbestosis. It is often referred to as “scarring” of the lining of the lungs and is a benign condition not normally causing any respiratory problems.

Pleural plaques which do not impair breathing no longer entitle you to compensation, however they are an indicator that you have been exposed to asbestos and as such you may be at risk of developing a more serious asbestos related condition.

If your health deteriorates then you should urgently seek the advice of your treating doctors to ensure that you are not suffering from an asbestos related lung condition over and above pleural plaques.

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"It has been a long battle but we got there in the end"

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you and your team for all your hard work, passion, dedication and professionalism which resulted in my successful claim.It has been a long battle but we got there in the end. Whatever happens in the future I now have the financial security that I deserve for myself and my family. I can now focus on my health and happiness.

M - Boyes Turner Client

"Friendly, warm and professional throughout"

Laura's handling of my Father's case has been excellent. She gave us every confidence in her from the moment of the first telephone conversation through to the conclusion of a successful claim· and beyond. The care and compassion·-she has· shown to my parents through the most difficult time of their lives has been incredible. Friendly, warm and professional throughout, Laura expedited Dad's case against his former employer to a successful conclusion within 5 months. Giving my parents peace of mind that they are financially secure and Dad can pursue further treatment options if he wishes, which will be funded by the former employer.Laura explained everything to us as a family and made the process as simple as it could possibly be. She held our hands (figuratively), explaining, guiding and answering all of our questions, communication throughout was superb. The excellent support and service provided by Laura and her team wasn't held up or interrupted in any way, even through the difficult months of the Covid-19 Lockdown. Laura has been a pleasure to deal with. We will be forever grateful that Laura agreed to take on my Father's case.

Suzanne Dyble

"I am glad that I came to your firm "

Just wanted to write to let you know just how much I appreciate all the work you have put into my case since you took over. I am now looking forward to being able to try and put all this behind me. I am more than happy at the way that this has finished and I am glad that I came to your firm as if it was not for your help I would not have gained this result. You have changed my life for the better. 

Boyes Turner client

"We cannot thank you enough "

I must say we were both staggered at not only succeeding in a claim of any sort (as you know I never did believe I had a snowball’s chance in hell), and that the amount you have obtained on my behalf. We cannot thank you enough. 

Mr & Mrs W, Northumberland

"It has made a significant difference"

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support with my case. My family and I are very pleased with the outcome and without your efforts we would not have been successful. Over the months I feel we have gained a mutual friendship and I fully appreciate all your support on both a professional and a personal basis. It has made a significant difference. 

Mrs K