Following a decision from the House of Lords that sufferers of pleural plaques in the UK will not be able to claim compensation, which was announced earlier this week, one solicitor is urging the Scottish government to reverse the judgement. Over seventy five percent of asbestos claims in the UK relate to pleural plaques.

Pleural plaques are a scarring or thickening of the lungs, and in some cases can lead to asbestos related cancer. The House of Lords ruling stated that pleural plaques could not technically be classed as a disease, with the ruling stating: “Proof of damage is an essential element in a claim in negligence, and in my opinion the symptom-less pleural plaques are not compensatable.”

The solicitor that wants the judgment reversed, Norman Geddes, stated: “It is disappointing that the House of Lords has ruled that people with pleural plaques shouldn’t be awarded compensation. The condition of pleural plaques, which causes thickening of the lung membranes, clearly indicates the presence of asbestos fibers in the lungs, and can lead to clinical depression caused by anxiety over that asbestos, which may in turn cause life-threatening illnesses to develop later.”

He added: ” However, it is important to stress that, in spite of this ruling, people with mesothelioma, a malignant tumor in lung tissue caused by exposure to asbestos, are still entitled to receive compensation.”

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