Pleural Effusion

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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Thursday 4 January 2018

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Pleural Effusion is sometimes referred to as ‘water on the lungs’ and can cause shortness of breath and a reduced lung capacity. Its presence can be attributed to pleurisy and other lung diseases from occupational exposure to asbestos such as Mesothelioma.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other lung diseases that could have been caused by unsafe working conditions then you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

Discovering that you have fluid in your pleural cavity can mean a number of things, as the causes are varied. Some of the causes of pleural effusion are;

  • Trauma to the lungs from a cracked rib or knife wound
  • Inhalation of harmful substances
  • Mesothelioma
  • Disease
  • Infection

In the case of a bacterial, fungal or viral infection, the pleural effusion can be treated with medication such as antibiotics and usually will not have any lasting impacts on your long-term health. However, causes such as Mesothelioma, a cancer of the tissue lining of the lungs and other organs, can be life-altering. In such cases, compensation is deserved if the life-altering illness was a result of a negligent employer who breached their 'duty of care' they owed to their staff.


So what is Pleural Effusion exactly?

Pleural effusion is normally caused when the two linings of the chest cavity and the lungs become inflamed and begin to irritate each other. There is typically around 10 – 20 ml of pleural cavity liquid to lubricate the tissues and prevent irritation from happening but when the pleura become inflamed, this amount can increase by up to 4-5 litres.

Pleural effusion symptoms can thus be a shortness of breath due to a reduction in lung capacity and a sharp, intense pain when breathing due to the numerous nerve endings located in the inflamed pleural linings.
Pleural effusion treatment may involve medication or surgery in more extreme cases. The type of surgery might be thoracentesis; a method of draining the lung cavity to alleviate the symptoms.

If you think you are suffering from pleural effusion as a result of public or workplace negligence then call Accident Line Direct today for more information on how to claim for compensation.

0808 1454275

Accident Line Direct can help you begin your potential claim, get in touch today!