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Black Lung Disease Claims: UK lawyer sets how ex coal workers can claim coal miners' pneumoconiosis from past employers and the amounts of compensation black lung settlements are worth
Black lung disease claims: Discover how coal dust causes miners' pneumoconiosis, why the black lung disease claims are not limited to coal workers, the symptoms you are likely to suffer and how much compensation you can expect in settlement of your claim.
What is are black lung disease claims?
"Black lung" is also known as "coal miners' pneumoconiosis"," coal miners lung" or "anthracosis" - it is a lung disease resulting from scarring of the lungs caused by coal dust retention in the lungs.
Black lung disease claims
It is a condition affecting coal miners or above surface colliery coal workers breathing coal dust into their lungs over many years.
If you suffer from this condition and you are an ex miner or coal worker it is quite likely you will be entitled to claim industrial injuries compensation from your former employer.
When the extraction of coal was nationalised in the UK - the organisation created to be responsible across the whole nation was the National Coal Board (NCB), which later became the British Coal Corporation. Coal extraction is now in the hands of a private company - UK Coal Plc.
Click coal workers claims to see the page I have written explaining how you can still claim compensation from these organisations - even if they no longer exist.
If your employer or former employer was "legally responsible" or "legally at fault" for your exposure to coal dust you will be entitled to claim compensation - such claims are known as "industrial injuries claims" or "black lung disease claims".
Are black lung disease claims limited to coal miners?
Black lung disease claims are not limited to coal miners. If your occupation involves: grinding of mineral carbon or graphite; even working with carbon electrodes - you might also suffer a similar carbon based anthracosis lung disease.
What are the symptoms of black lung disease?
Breathing coal dust into your lungs over many years can lead to scarring (fibrosis) of the lungs. If you are suffering from black lung - a scan of your lungs will show black areas caused by the scarring of the black dust.
The longer you are exposed to coal dust - the worse the condition becomes and the more severe the symptoms can be.
The symptoms of coal miners' pneumoconiosis will typically include: a chronic cough, shortness of breath, progressively worsening lung function and disturbed sleep.
Amounts of compensation for black lung disease claims
Black lung disease claims are made up of two parts:
1. Compensation for pain and suffering for the lung condition itself.
2. Financial expenses and losses.
Some examples of how much compensation you can expect in 2012 for the pain and suffering which a black lung condition causes, include:
1. Coal miners pneumoconiosis
Once you have been diagnosed with black lung you are considered to have a recognised lung disease - your symptoms might include sleep disturbance, shortness of breath, coughing episodes and a progressively worsening ability to breath. In this instance black lung disease claims are likely to be worth between: £35,000 - £51,000
2. Severe black lung disease
In the most extreme cases of pneumoconiosis there is a real likelihood of early death and very severe symptoms which disrupt social and working life. You could expect a compensation settlement of between: £51,000 - £89,000
Summary of black lung disease claims
On this page you have discovered how coal miners' pneumoconiosis is caused, the symptoms you are likely to suffer and the amounts of compensation black lung disease claims attract.
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