In the past decade, the number of coal miners who have been diagnosed with coal worker's pneumoconiosis, more commonly known as black lung, has more than doubled.
Online PR News – 12-July-2012 – Philadelphia, PA – In the past decade, the number of coal miners who have been diagnosed with coal worker's pneumoconiosis, more commonly known as black lung, has more than doubled. A number of different factors have contributed to this increase, including a lack of enforcement of coal-dust exposure limitations on the part of federal regulators, increased working time for coal workers, and technology which can access deeper coal veins, exposing workers to more dangerous forms of dust.
Regardless of the causes of this growing epidemic, the undeniable fact is that more and more coal workers in states like Pennsylvania are suffering because of this occupational illness. Black lung is a disease that progresses over time, meaning that its effects only continue to worsen over time. Continued exposure can increase the speed at which the disease develops. Therefore, coal workers who are diagnosed with black lung may no longer be able to perform their job without harming their health.
Fortunately, workers' comp benefits may be available to those who have been diagnosed with an occupational illness. This form of financial assistance can help make up for lost income and pay for medical bills that a worker may accumulate as a result of their illness. The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are prepared to help Pennsylvania coal workers who have developed an occupational disease and need assistance getting the benefits to which they may be entitled.
Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., is a workers' compensation law firm based in Pennsylvania, with offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York. To learn more about the cases this firm handles, contact them today at 215-238-1130.