Who is eligible to file a Black Lung Claim?
Anyone who works or has worked in or around a coal mine or preparation facility in the extraction and preparation of coal. Surface or Underground coal mines as well as some transportation and construction jobs at the mine site are included.
When should I file a claim?
If you live near an area where screenings are available, most miners choose to screen prior to filing a claim to find out where they are at in their lung function. However, you can file one whenever you want! The claim does go against the coal company you worked for last, so many miners who are still working may not want to file. If you no longer work in the mine, there is no downside to filing at any point! Give us a call and we'll discuss all of this with you.
How do I start a claim?
Give us a call and we will go over everything with you. We will send you the initial application, help you fill it out, and serve as advocates for you throughout the entire process.
Why should I file a claim?
If your work history and Department of Labor exam show you qualify, you may be entitled to a Black Lung card to help cover medical costs for your lungs and heart and a monthly payment. If you are married and you pass before your spouse, he or she will continue receiving a monthly payment for the rest of their life.
Where do I have to go for the Department of Labor exam?
Depending on your state of residency, you may have a few different options. The rule states you must see a doctor in your state or a contiguous state. If none exist, it goes to the contiguous states after those. We will discuss the available doctors when you file but there are providers in Sheridan, WY, Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, Price, UT, and Raton, NM.
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