Cases of Black Lung on the Rise

Cases of Black Lung on the Rise

The unexpected and significant increase in black lung cases in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia has been extensively reported by Howard Berkes of NPR Frontline. Coal miners are being exposed to higher levels of respirable silica, also known as quartz, due to modern mining techniques. Many of the coal miners have been diagnosed with progressive massive fibrosis which is an advance stage of the silicosis disease. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is not taking any additional steps to lower exposure to respirable dust in the mines. If you or a loved one has worked in mines and are having breathing issues please contact our firm to speak to a silicosis lawyer to determine what legal rights you may have. More information can be found at the following links.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/coals-deadly-dust/

http://ohiovalleyresource.org/2019/01/28/black-lung-clinics-call-for-action-but-top-regulator-plans-no-new-measures/

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