Workplace Accidents

The Black Lung Program

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Personal Injury, Workplace Accidents | 0 comments

Working in the coal mines comes with its fair share of risks and consequences. Many coal mine workers develop lung problems due to their mass exposure to harmful toxins. A common condition developed by these workers is pneumoconiosis.

Pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, can be divided into two different subsets. The more mild condition is coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, while the more complicated a severe version is progressive massive fibrosis.

Symptoms of pneumoconiosis include inflamed lung air sacs, stiffened lungs due to scarring, and any other sort of lung damage. Pneumoconiosis may cause lung cancer, pulmonary tuberculosis, respiratory failure, and failure of the right side of the heart.

Recovery from a personal injury can cause frustration for victims and their loved ones. Luckily, the federal government does provide worker compensation for pneumoconiosis specifically.

The Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation facilitates the Black Lung Program, which tends the claims filed under the Black Lung Benefits Act. This act allows for workers who were totally disabled because of pneumoconiosis to receive compensation. In addition, the act provides compensation to the families of coal mine workers who died because of pneumoconiosis and medical treatment for those who developed lung diseases due to it.

Although this act is in place, there are plenty of bureaucratic loopholes that could keep people from getting the compensation they deserve. The experienced lawyers from the Williams Kherkher Law Firm¬†explain that when this is the case, the next step to get the compensation you deserve is to pursue legal action against an employer. When your workplace is at fault for your physical harm, they must take responsibility. This is especially true in the circumstance of a coal miner, who always has a high chance of needing workers’ compensation at some point in their life. In this case, employers have no excuse to not be prepared.

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