Black lung is a disease with a name as scary as its effects. Black lung has long been a disease associated with miners and the mining industry. The Center for Public Integrity reported on the resurgence of black lung in central Appalachia. Here, young miners are increasingly getting the most severe form of the disease. This form is fast-progressing, and no end is in sight. The agency in charge of maintaining safe working conditions for miners, Mine Safety and Health Administration, has issued few violations and has even allowed coal companies extra time to fix the violations. The lack of enforcement should not cause you to feel hopeless. It is best to analyze your circumstances with an attorney, and see if legal remedies are available to you.
If you or a loved one are suffering from the effects of black lung, there is hope. Legal remedies are available, and this can include coverage of medical expenses. The first step is to meet with an attorney and examine your claim. Relevant medical records will help your consultation, as will records of your work history.
If you are in need of assistance with black lung matters, contact Wolfe Law Office for a free consultation at 304-245-9097.