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Pleural plaques

Pleural plaques

Pleural plaques are markings on the lining of the lung (like plaque on teeth) caused by exposure to asbestos. Except in rare cases pleural plaques do not cause any physical symptoms. Occasionally, pleural plaques may cause chest pain.

Pleural plaques do not develop into other asbestos diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer.

Unless you can show pleural plaques are causing pain, a physical disability or a psychological injury (for example a recognised psychiatric condition caused by your diagnosis of pleural plaques or fear of contracting an asbestos disease) then pleural plaques do not give rise to a claim for damages at common law. Likewise, if you are suffering from pleural plaques you will not be entitled to an award from the Dust Diseases Authority (DDA).  However, the DDA will examine you at regular intervals (every 2 to 3 years) with x-rays and breathing tests to monitor your condition.

There is no time limit to commence a common law claim in New South Wales. This means a claim can be commenced at any time when you can show you have contracted an asbestos disease causing disability.

If you suffer from pleural plaques we recommend you contact us and arrange an appointment. We will open a file for you and sit with you and take a detailed statement in relation to your exposure to asbestos for future reference. You will not be charged for our legal work unless proceedings are commenced on your behalf and you are successful in the proceedings.

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While the law is different in different states, all Australian states have amended the law so that there is no time limit in which to commence a claim. However, in order to recover damages for pain and suffering and loss of expectation of life, the claim must normally be commenced in the person’s lifetime.
Your entitlement to bring a claim arises from where you were exposed to asbestos, not where you now live. We have acted for many clients who have moved from Australia and have lived in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Greece and other countries when they have developed mesothelioma. If you have divisible disease, like asbestosis or ARPD, and were exposed to asbestos in both Australia and overseas, the amount you can recover may be reduced to take into account your overseas exposure. This is not true if you have mesothelioma in which case you can recover your full damages in Australia. We maintain relationships with lawyers in many countries which enables us to effectively represent overseas based clients.

The Dust Diseases Authority (the DDA) is a NSW government body.

If you were exposed to asbestos as a worker in New South Wales and you develop a dust related condition you can apply to the DDA for compensation.  An application to the DDA is in addition to your common law claim for damages.  You can (and most people do) do both.

If your claim is accepted you will have a right to  a pension and to have all your medical, hospital, pharmaceutical, nursing and nursing aids and equipment costs associated with he asbestos disease paid. The DDA will also pay for travel expenses and assistance required around your home and garden.  You do not need to live in New South Wales at the time you develop the condition, although any exposure to asbestos that occurred outside of New South Wales may lead to a reduction in the amounts payable.

For more information about the DDA, follow this link.

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