Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis And Disability Benefits
PNEUMOCONIOSIS AND DISABILITY BENEFITS
COAL WORKERS’ PNEUMOCONIOSIS
If you have worked in the mines, you have occupational exposure to coal dust, which may cause pneumoconiosis and disability. Exposure to coal dust over a prolonged period of time can result in a miner having Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP). The disease can be 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 appear on x-ray and CT scan. In the advanced form of the disease, the small holes in the lungs coalesce and form large opacities and become progressive massive fibrosis. The disease also results in scarring and thickening of the lungs, which effects the miner’s ability to breath.
If your breathing impairment is such that you can no longer work in the coal mine. Then, you should apply for black lung benefits through the Department of Labor.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS
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 with black lung disease and can no longer work, you can apply for 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 the disabling impairments that prevent you from continuing your job.