People diagnosed with pleural plaques are understandably concerned they will develop a fatal asbestos-related illness in the future, such as mesothelioma.
In the past, people suffering from pleural plaques were able recover compensation. But a ruling in the House of Lords in 2007 means it is no longer possible for pleural plaques sufferers to recover compensation, although a new compensation scheme for pleural plaques sufferers allows victims to recover a one-off payment of £5,000. The victim must have started, but not completed, a compensation claim before 17 October 2007 to be eligible for the one-off payment of £5,000.
Pleural plaques and cancer
Pleural plaques by themselves are benign and cannot develop into cancer. They are an indication that a person has been exposed to asbestos.
There is evidence to conclude that individuals with pleural plaques have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma. Smoking is not a factor in the development of mesothelioma.
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