Pleural plaques are areas of slight fibrous thickening on the pleura, which can progress slowly and can calcify. The calcification makes pleural plaques very apparent on chest X-rays. Pleural plaques appear radiologically at least ten years after the initial exposure to asbestos, with the extensiveness of the plaque linked to the intensity and duration of the exposure.
If you have developed pleural plaques as a result of occupational asbestos exposure, we can help you make a claim for compensation. As the decades passed, we have learned more about the consequences of long-term exposure to asbestos on a regular basis while performing their everyday duties on the job.
Secondary asbestos exposure, however, is not discussed as often. Family members of former industrial workers and veterans are also at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases. Whether a person knowingly or, more likely, unknowingly inhaled asbestos fibers not as a result of a direct encounter with asbestos materials but through a secondary transfer, they may develop related illnesses later in life. We can also help you pursue a claim against the negligent party who contributed to your family’s asbestos exposure.
Since asbestos exposure is almost exclusively responsible for the development of pleural plaques, former industrial workers and veterans with this diagnosis are eligible for financial compensation.
Although pleural plaques are not associated with an increased risk of malignancy, it is not impossible for a form of cancer to affect the lungs in the future. Consequently, if you developed pleural plaques, monitoring your health regularly is essential and will help your doctor timely detect a potential onset of lung cancer or mesothelioma.
The importance of timely and accurate diagnosis does matter in the medical prognosis of asbestos-related lung conditions and thus cannot be underestimated. An accurate diagnosis can also help you recover the rightful amount of financial compensation.
If you have a history of asbestos exposure, your doctor may refer you to a series of other specialists, including a pulmonologist, radiologist, and a B-reader. A B-reader is a physician certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to read the chest X-ray and determine if it shows changes that may indicate asbestos exposure. The B-reader examination was originally developed to identify physicians qualified to serve in programs directed at coal miners and others exposed to mineral dust at the workplace.
With a pleural plaque diagnosis, you must remain vigilant and return for check-ups and X-rays every 2 – 3 years. If your respiratory function is deteriorating, you should visit your health care provider as a matter of urgency to discuss your symptoms and past exposure to asbestos.
At Atraxia Law, our attorneys can hold negligent companies accountable and pursue maximum compensation so you have the money you need during this difficult and stressful time. We highly recommend you to contact us as soon as you’re diagnosed, even if you’re not sure when you were exposed to asbestos, as we can help you establish at which point you were exposed and will help you make a claim against the company responsible for the production of asbestos-containing products that caused your condition.
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