Types of Asbestos Claims

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Exposure to asbestos can result in many different illnesses. The main ones and their symptoms are categorised below.


This is a thickening of the lining of the lungs. It develops into a tumour in the pleura and can spread into the stomach also. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, chest and back pain, and weight loss.

Pleural Plaques

Pleural plaques are plaques which develop on the lining of the lungs (between the lungs and the rib cage - the Pleura). They are scars which apparently do not cause any respiratory disability. However, the presence of plaques does cause anxiety as they do establish that asbestos exposure has been inhaled and it is possible that the person is at a greater risk of developing a more serious asbestos related condition. The Court of Appeal decided in February 2006 that compensation for this condition should no longer be paid. Permission for the test cases to be heard in the House of Lords has been given. Therefore, if you therefore have pleural plaques it is important that you still seek the advice of a 1stClaims solicitor since the matter will need to be registered pending the House of Lords decision. If you fail to do so, your claim could be out of time.

Pleural Thickening

If there is a build up of fluid in the chest cavity it is called a benign pleural effusion. This can be treated and a full recovery can be achieved. If however it does go untreated it can build up to pleural thickening or diffuse pleural fibrosis. The pleura thickens and can restrict lung function which makes it harder for the lungs to expand and contract. This makes it more difficult to breath. Symptoms often include pain and breathlessness.


This condition generally only develops if you inhale a significant amount of dust over several months. It is a condition with develops in the lungs tissue as opposed to the lining of the lungs since the asbestos fibres actually penetrate the lung tissue and stay in the lungs. Inflammation and scarring is caused which leads to breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and many other symptoms. Some people with asbestosis can have little disability but the condition can deteriorate quite rapidly. Asbestosis tends to develop after at least 20 years have passed following exposure. It is identified by having a CT scan. It cannot be cured but some treatment can ease the symptoms.

Lung Cancer

Whilst smoking is often said to be the cause of lung cancer, it can also be caused by asbestos. Whilst it difficult to prove that lung cancer is caused by asbestos unless you have already had asbestosis, the DSS Regulations do state that lung cancer is asbestos related if there is diffuse pleural thickening covering at least 25% of the lining of the lungs. Even if a person smoked and was diagnosed with lung cancer, it does not necessarily mean that the condition was purely due to smoking, if there is evidence of asbestos in the lungs.

Early Action Is Vital

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms early action is vital to protect your claim. As soon as you find out about your condition contact a 1stClaims to receive free advice on your potential claim.

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