Black lung disease is a serious respiratory illness caused by prolonged exposure to coal dust. Suffering from this illness will drastically change your life and the lives of your family members. At Brayton Purcell LLP, we fight to protect the rights of the victims of this disease.
Our clients rely on us to obtain the compensation they need to support their families, pay medical bills and move on with their lives. If you feel as though you may have a claim involving black lung disease, contact our office today to learn more. Based in California, Utah and Oregon, we help victims across the country.
Black Lung Disease in Coal Miners and Other Workers
Most cases of black lung disease occur in those who have worked in or around coal mines, but other workers can be affected as well. The main cause of black lung disease is the prolonged exposure to coal dust. Those who load coal for storage are at risk, as well as those who work with coal byproducts, such as in the automobile industry.
The lungs of those who are diagnosed with the disease are damaged by coal dust, leading to the inflammation of air sacs and stiffening of tissue in the lungs. Over enough time, the coal dust can settle and cause the lung itself to harden. Along with complete respiratory failure, black lung disease can evolve into other serious complications, such as lung cancer.
The Black Lung Benefits Act of 1969
Black lung disease is an incurable illness. Medical professionals are able to treat the symptoms, but not the disease itself. For those who have been affected, there is assistance available via the Black Lung Benefits Act of 1969. This government program has been amended over the years to provide monthly payments and medical benefits to the coal miners and families affected by black lung disease.
If you have questions regarding your rights after being diagnosed with this illness, you can rely on our experienced team of attorneys to lay out all of your options. We will be by your side through every step of your case.
Legal Services for Black Lung Victims
Hiring a lawyer experienced in handling black lung disease and similar toxic tort cases is one of the only ways to ensure you receive maximum compensation and benefits for your condition under the Act. Do not hesitate to contact Brayton Purcell LLP today. We are here to answer your questions and advise you on your legal rights and choices as a black lung disease victim. Call our office at 800-598-0314.