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 are scarring of the lungs caused by heavy and prolonged exposure to asbestos.
Mr Brown said he was grateful to Mr Hepburn for raising the Lords judgment that ended compensation for pleural plaques victims.
Mr Bueno stated that pleural plaques ``should not be a compensatable condition.
Signatory Grahame Morris, Labour MP for Easington, said: "Compensation for pleural plaques sufferers has been upheld by the Scotland Parliament and the devolved Assembly in Northern Ireland.
They argued compensation payments for pleural plaques should be ended as claimants usually have no physical symptoms other than the scarring to their lungs.
In England, campaigners were outraged when the Pleural Plaques Compensation Scheme was closed to new applicants in August and are calling for it to be reopened.
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.
He said Mr McCauley's passing was not attributable to the lung illness but added: "Nevertheless, the knowledge he had pleural plaques and his awareness of deaths from asbestos-related conditions must have caused him stress and anxiety.
Stephen Hepburn, MP for Jarrow, said England's two-tier justice system for sufferers of pleural plaques is a "great shame" for the country.
Ron Marsh, 69 THE pensioner from Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, was diagnosed with pleural plaques five years ago.
Summary: Insurers lose a Supreme Court battle to overturn a Scottish law allowing people to claim over asbestos-related illness pleural plaques.
In June 2010, the Ministry of Justice launched a scheme allowing workers who had developed pleural plaques - scars on the lungs caused by asbestos - to claim pounds 5,000.