Pleural Plaques Compensation

The entitlement to receive compensation from an employer for exposure to asbestos which led to the development of a pleural plaque is different depending on where you are located in the UK. If you are unsure of your rights you should seek the counsel of a suitably qualified legal professional.

Pleural plaques compensation England and Wales

Unfortunately compensation is no longer payable to people that are suffering from pleural plaques in England and Wales. In the past it was possible to claim compensation, however, in October 2007 the House of Lords ruled that compensation was no longer payable for sufferers of pleural plaques in England and Wales. However, as part of the pronouncement the government stated that they would offer a £5,000 compensation payment for anyone who had been diagnosed with pleural plaques and had started a claim for compensation prior to the announcement that the right to compensation had been terminated. The deadline for this scheme ended on 1st August 2011.

Trade Unions and, in fact, various MP’s have been discussing the right to introduce compensation for pleural plaques on an ongoing basis, but no revocation to the policy has been put in place. It is understood that because the advent of pleural plaques does not give rise to a significant impairment of lung function then compensation should not be permitted via the Industrial Injuries Scheme.

There may, however, be the opportunity to claim compensation if there are symptoms caused by pleural plaques or if the exposure to asbestos leads to further health conditions.

A firm of solicitors will be able to provide guidance on the current state of the law in England and Wales and also assess the viability of a claim for compensation based on exposure to asbestos and/or pleural plaques.

Pleural plaques compensation scheme Scotland

The Damages (Asbestos-related conditions) Scotland Act was passed in 2009 which offers Scottish sufferers of pleural plaques the opportunity of claiming compensation in the civil courts. It is estimated by Scottish government that compensation payments over the following ten years would amount to a total of between £7 million and 19 million, whilst the insurance industry believed more realistic figures to be between £50 million to £600 million.

If you believe that you may have a case you may wish to contact a Scottish law firm for advice.

Pleural plaques Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland also reinstated the right for people in the region to have the option of seeking compensation for developing pleural plaques in the form of The Damages (Asbestos Related Conditions) Bill NI in December 2011. A total of £2.5 million has been allocated for future pleural plaque compensation claims in Northern Ireland.

For additional information you may want to speak to a law firm in Northern Ireland to assess the validity of any potential claim for pleural plaque compensation.