Coal Miners Clinic

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9:38 am
Mon June 23, 2014

'Kentucky Needs New Law for Disputed Black Lung Claims'- Dept of Workers' Claims

A miner at the Black Lung Laboratory in the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia, is having his lung capacity tested to determine whether he has the disease. Blood samples also are taken and his heartbeat is monitored while walking on a treadmill. These and other known testing methods are used to determine if miners have coal dust particles in their lungs which cause a progressive shortness of breath.
Credit Jack Corn / Environmental Protection Agency-National Archives

 

Kentucky coal miners seeking workers compensation for black lung may get a new way to battle denied claims.

In a 2011 Kentucky Supreme Court case of Vision Mining, Inc v. Gardner, the state’s highest court found that the methodology for reaching consensus on disputed X-rays of coal miners with black lung was unconstitutional.

Department of Workers’ Claims Commissioner Dwight Lovan says the ruling affects about 3,000 finalized black lung claims over the past decade.

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