Black Lung Disease, also called Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis, is a respiratory or lung disease caused by inhaling coal mine dust. The body is unable to remove the inhaled coal mine dust, thus it builds up in the lungs, causing the miner to have difficulty breathing. Black lung is called such because the buildup of coal mine dust causes the lungs to look black instead of pink.
Coal mine dust damages the lungs in much the same way as tobacco smoke does. However, unlike tobacco smoke, black lung is a latent and progressive disease. This means that while a miner is working or immediately after retirement, it may appear that he/she does not have black lung but years later he/she may develop shortness of breath or other symptoms related to black lung. These problems will continue to worsen as time passes.
The staff at Lungs at Work also assists people with claims for Federal Black Lung benefits. All benefit work done on your behalf at the clinic will be done at no charge. This includes assistance in filling out confusing applications and the mounds of paperwork that can accompany them. We will also assist you in gathering and developing the evidence for your claim, submitting the evidence, and we will even represent you if your case goes to court. We only ask that you pay for the costs associated with developing your medical evidence. We want to see you receive the benefits for which you qualify.
Please contact us with any questions you have about your breathing problems or Black Lung claim. We are here to help.