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Pleural plaques

Pleural plaques are a form of scarring of the outer lining of the lung. Although pleural plaques do not normally cause symptoms, they generally indicate previous exposure to asbestos.

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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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