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Scottish Parliament needs to give more attention to the issue of asbestos compensation for people suffering from pleural plaques, say researchers from an occupational health team at the University of Stirling.

This comes despite the fact that Scotland is actually far ahead of the rest of the UK when it comes to ensuring asbestos compensation for sufferers of pleural plaques. However, the report from the University of Stirling researchers reveals that the needs of claimants are being inadequately met by the current claims system, with many having to second-guess their chances of developing a more serious asbestos-related condition such as lung cancer or mesothelioma when deciding whether to make a claim.

Currently, many countries in continental Europe operate an asbestos compensation system whereby pleural plaques claims are made separately to claims for other asbestos illnesses; as such, settlements for pleural plaques never negatively impact on claimant's later ability to claim for a more serious illness.

"An alternative compensation system such as one similar to that operated in France under a social insurance scheme would remove unnecessary pressures on claimants, reduce legal costs for both the claimant and defender and crucially increase access to compensation for people negligently affected by asbestos exposure," commented researcher Professor Andrew Watterson.

If you have been diagnosed with pleural plaques, asbestosis, mesothelioma or any other form of occupational cancer it is vital that you have the right legal support to help provide for your practical, medical and family needs. Contact Thompsons Scotland personal injury lawyers today for help and information regarding the best ways for you to ensure your legal rights. Click here for more information.

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