Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis And Disability Benefits
If you have worked in the mines, you have occupational exposure to coal dust. Exposure to coal dust over a prolonged period of time can result in a miner having Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP). The disease can be terms as simple coal workers’ pneumoconiosis and complicated coal worker’s pneumoconiosis; the difference being the severity of damage to the lungs. In the simple form of the disease, the upper lungs contain thousands of small holes that can be seen on x-ray and CT scan. In the advanced or complicated form of the disease, the small holes in the lungs coalesce and form large opacities and become what is known as progressive massive fibrosis. The disease also results in scarring and thickening of the lungs, which effects the miner’s ability to breath.
If you are a miner who can no longer work, you can apply for Social Security Disability benefits. But you can also apply for disability benefits under the Black Lung Act through the Department of Labor. If you are a miner suffering from black lung disease and you can no longer work, you may be entitled to both types of benefits. Call or contact Cannon Disability Law, we can help you apply for the benefits that you are entitled to receive based upon your disabling impairments that prevent you from continuing your job.