Asbestos Related Diseases


Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer caused by exposure to asbestos dust and fibre. It usually develops in the fluid in the lining of the lungs, known as  pleural mesothelioma. Rarely, it can also affect the lining of the abdomen which is known as peritoneal mesothelioma and the lining of the heart, known as pericardial mesothelioma. Mesothelioma of the testicle is also rare. This is where  the disease is found in the tunica vaginalis which is thin membrane that surrounds, protects and insulates the testicles.


Lung cancer can be caused by significant exposure by inhaling asbestos dust and fibre over a period of time.  Asbestos-related lung cancer typically takes between 15 and 35 years to develop from initial exposure to onset of symptoms.

Examples of occupational exposure are veterans, miners, construction workers, ship-building and fire fighting.

Lung cancer can have causes other than exposure to asbestos, the most common being smoking.  Please seek GP advice for advice.


Asbestosis is the name for fibrosis in the lung caused by significant exposure to asbestos. This condition is caused when large quantities of asbestos fibres, over time, damage the inner structure of the lungs, resulting in breathlessness. This is a non-cancerous condition, however it can increase the risk of lung cancer.


Pleural thickening is caused when asbestos fibres breathed in penetrate the lining or pleura of the lungs, causing thickening of this lining. This causes restriction to breathing because the lungs cannot expand fully, which causes breathlessness and difficulty in taking a deep breath. You may also experience a dull chest pain.  


Pleural plaques are areas of scarring on the lining of the lungs caused by asbestos fibres penetrating the lining of the lung. They may become more extensive but they do not develop into any other asbestos disease. Pleural plaques are non-cancerous and do not develop into cancer over time. There is currently no compensation schemes in place in England and Wales for this disease.


If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease please contact us. We are available locally to support you emotionally and physically. We can support you with the compensations and benefits you and your loved one may be entitled to.

Please note time limits apply to civil compensation claims and for certain benefits. You can contact via email or by telephone on 0808 278 2515