Pleural thickening is a condition of the lungs that is most often caused by the long term exposure and inhalation of asbestos particles which then settle on the pleura, or pleural membrane (the thin area surrounding the lungs) causing the area to thicken, calcify and/or scar. The scarring that occurs as a consequence of pleural thickening is unfortunately irreversible and caused reduced lung function in the sufferer.
A worker whose profession entailed the handling or required a close proximity to asbestos in the past would stand a higher chance statistically of developing pleural thickening, however, there are other instances whereby pleural thickening can occur via exposure to any of the following –
- Bacterial pneumonia
- Injury to the ribs
- Lung contusions
- Pleural effusion
- Pulmonary embolisms
- Radiation therapy
- Rheumatoid lung disease
- Tumours (benign and malignant)
If you have been diagnosed with pleural thickening and you were exposed to asbestos in the workplace as a consequence of your job you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.