Asbestos Related Pleural Disease (ARPD)
ARPD is disease caused when the “pleura” or lining of the lung wall (the pleura) thickens after the inhalation of asbestos dust and fibre has resulted in asbestos fibres becoming lodged in the lung wall, causing damage, scarring and inflammation. As the lining of the lung becomes thicker, it increases the thickness of the pleura, restricts the ability of the lungs to expand to their full capacity and makes the transfer of oxygen from the lungs to your blood much more difficult, which ultimately restricts the ability to breathe properly, particularly after exertion.
The symptoms of ARPD include chest pain, a dry cough and shortness of breath. It typically takes ten to twenty years or more for symptoms of ARPD to develop after a person has first been exposed to asbestos fibres.
Its onset will undoubtedly be noted on a chest xray along with pleural plaques being scabs left on the lung wall by the inflammation caused by asbestos fibres damaging the pleura. Whilst pleural plaques generally are not disabling in their own right they are usually a tell-tale sign of asbestos exposure and often precede the imminent arrival of a more sinister disease such as ARPD or asbestosis.
ARPD usually does not shorten life span, and even though there is no time limitation within which to bring a claim, as any damages claim MUST be commenced whilst the client is alive the earlier an assessment can be made the better.
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