The Federal Black Lung Benefits Program
The law office of Pawlowski, Bilonick, & Long are experienced in handling Black Lung litigation claims and securing benefits for our clients through the Federal Black Lung Benefits Program. We have over five decades of experience settling and litigating Black Lung claims for our clients and working together with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) to assist our injured clients in securing appropriate compensation for damages suffered as a result of their exposure to coal dust on the job. Black lung disease litigation is our area of significant expertise.
Coal Worker’s Pneumoconiosis & Progressive Massive Fibrosis
Black lung disease is a catchall term that describes the various devastating and severely disabling lung afflictions and diseases that directly result from inhaling coal dust. These diseases and afflictions include:
- Simple & Complicated Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP)
- Progressive Massive Fibrosis (PMF)
Coal Mining-Related Cancer, COPD, Bronchitis, & Infections
When coal dust is inhaled over time, it accumulates within the lungs and tends to eventually lead to additional coal-mining-related diseases/conditions such as:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Silicosis, Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, Emphysema, & Fibromas
Miners who are exposed to coal, quartz, and other rock dusts may also develop:
- Silicosis (a Form of Pneumoconiosis)
- Pleural Fibromas
- And More
Black Lung Disease: A Disabling and Life-Threatening Condition
The term “Black Lung Disease” accurately describes what happens to the lungs of victims exposed to aerosolized coal dust: the normal, healthy pink lungs turn as black as the coal dust that is inhaled. Beyond the color change is an ominous condition that threatens both the health and the life of the black lung disease victim. The lungs become scarred from exposure to the microcrystalline elements within the aerosolized coal and rock dust. Gaseous exchange is compromised due to the accumulated dust that blocks the alveoli of the lungs.
Any condition that causes repeated irritation of body tissues can directly cause uncontrolled growth of the cells and tissues of the body (tumors and cancer). When tumors or certain types of cancer (such as small cell carcinoma) form within the lungs, they tend to spread very far, very fast (possibly due to the concentrated supply of oxygen within the lung area).
If you have been exposed to aerosolized coal, rock, or mineral dust and have developed a disabling or life-threatening disease, affliction, or conditions that you suspect or that your doctor has confirmed have developed as a direct result of your exposure to these materials, contact the law office of Pawlowski, Bilonick, & Long. We will examine the facts of your case and help you decide what your next step should be. If you have been injured or suffered losses as a result of your exposure to coal, rock, or mineral dust, you may be eligible for significant compensation. Call our law firm today: (814) 472-7046.