pleural plaque


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pleur·al plaque

fibrous thickening of the parietal pleura, characteristically caused by inhalation exposure to asbestos; both microscopic and macroscopic calcification in this lesion is common.
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Pleural plaques is scar tissue in the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos.
He said: I have been suffering from chest pains and been short of breath for more than 10 years but only found out I had pleural plaques recently.
He said: "The Government will give further consideration to the issue of compensation for people diagnosed with pleural plaques before publishing a final response after the recess.
Does he agree that it does not matter how the issue is dressed up: pleural plaques are a working-class industrial injury caused by negligent exposure to asbestos?
But the scheme was limited to those diagnosed with pleural plaques who had not received any cash prior to a legal ruling in October 2007, which changed the rules on compensation.
Mr Bueno was making submissions to the judge at the resumed hearing into claims being brought by 10 men who contracted pleural plaques internal scars in the linings of the lungs caused by asbestos.
But the law lords ruled yesterday that pleural plaques themselves were not a disease - removing the right of sufferers to compensation.
The Damages Act was passed by Scottish Parliament in 2009 which gave people with pleural plaques - a scarring of the lungs caused by asbestos - the right to pursue compensation.
It has been estimated that hundreds of thousands of people in the UK could be affected by pleural plaques and would have been entitled to claim compensation of thousands of pounds each under the High Court ruling.
But the law lords ruled yesterday that pleural plaques themselves are not a disease - removing the right of sufferers to compensation.
Mr Justice O'Hara held pleural plaques is a statutory personal injury for which damages should be given if fault is proven.
Stephen Hepburn, MP for Jarrow, said England's two-tier justice system for sufferers of pleural plaques is a "great shame" for the country.