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A primary benign or malignant tumor composed of cells resembling the mesothelium.



a malignant tumor of the mesothelium. It is most frequently encountered in the pleura, less often in the pericardium or peritoneum.

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Mr Brown said he was grateful to Mr Hepburn for raising the Lords judgment that ended compensation for pleural plaques victims.
Signatory Grahame Morris, Labour MP for Easington, said: "Compensation for pleural plaques sufferers has been upheld by the Scotland Parliament and the devolved Assembly in Northern Ireland.
Mr Bueno stated that pleural plaques ``should not be a compensatable condition.
They argued compensation payments for pleural plaques should be ended as claimants usually have no physical symptoms other than the scarring to their lungs.
In England, campaigners were outraged when the Pleural Plaques Compensation Scheme was closed to new applicants in August and are calling for it to be reopened.
The appeals were brought by Norwich Union which acted as an umbrella group for insurance companies to argue that compensation payments for pleural plaques should be ended.
He said Mr McCauley's passing was not attributable to the lung illness but added: "Nevertheless, the knowledge he had pleural plaques and his awareness of deaths from asbestos-related conditions must have caused him stress and anxiety.
Speaking in the House of Commons, the Labour MP said England should follow "the devolved assemblies of Scotland and Northern Ireland which have seen sense and are going to compensate pleural plaques victims".
Around 1300 already have claims pending with lawyers and hundreds more are expected as further cases of the lung condition pleural plaques are diagnosed.
Summary: Insurers lose a Supreme Court battle to overturn a Scottish law allowing people to claim over asbestos-related illness pleural plaques.
In June 2010, the Ministry of Justice launched a scheme allowing workers who had developed pleural plaques - scars on the lungs caused by asbestos - to claim pounds 5,000.
PRESSURE is mounting on Ministers to compensate pleural plaques victims.