A woman from the UK is backing asbestosis compensation campaign after being told that her pleural plaques have developed into asbestosis. The sixty six year woman, Kathleen Baister, was diagnosed with pleural plaques around twelve years ago.

Pleural plaques are a scarring of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos, and often develop into more serious problems such as asbestosis, which results in the thickening and stiffening of the lungs. She has now been told that her lungs are around thirty percent filled with asbestos.

Recently a law was passed that allowed sufferers of pleural plaques in Scotland to claim compensation, but this is not the case in all of the UK. Kathleen is from the North East and because of this she will not get any compensation whilst a similar sufferer in Scotland would be entitled to a payout.

She said: “It’s all related. And whether or not pleural plaques develops into anything else doesn’t matter. It’s an illness you should be compensated for. It’s not fair that some get money and others don’t.”

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