Federal Workers’ Compensation
November 22, 2014
Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)
November 22, 2014

Black Lung Benefits Act

 

What is it?

The Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA) is a federal program, administered under the Department of Labor (DOL), which provides monthly benefits to coal miners who are totally disabled by black lung disease caused by working in the coal mining industry and to the survivors of coal miners whose death was caused by the disease. The BLBA may also provide additional benefits for dependent family members, such as your spouse and children, as well as the cost of your medical treatment.

Do I qualify?

In order to collect under the BLBA, you must first be eligible:

  • You are an active or retired COAL MINER
  • You have BLACK LUNG DISEASE, also known as coal miners pneumoconiosis
  • You are TOTALLY DISABLED because of your black lung disease

 

If you aren’t sure whether you qualify, contact Stephens & Stephens to find out!

 

If I qualify, what do I do?

 

FIRST, contact Stephens & Stephens for a free case evaluation.

NEXT, we will submit the necessary application forms to the appropriate Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation (DCMWC) Office.

THEN, we will collect any necessary documents and records needed as proof that you and/or your family are entitled to benefits.

  • Necessary documents may include:
    •  Birth certificates, death certificate, and marriage certificates;
    • Proof of your employment in a coal mine, such as W-2 forms, tax records, or letters from employers; and
    • Medical records of your black lung disease.

AFTER submitting the necessary forms and records, you will be scheduled to complete a free pulmonary evaluation, which is a medical examination to determine whether you are totally disabled by black lung disease.

  • A pulmonary evaluation will include a physical examination by a doctor, a chest x-ray, a pulmonary function test, and an arterial blood gas test.

THEN, once the results of your pulmonary evaluation are reviewed by the DCMWC, the DCMWC will determine whether they support an award or denial of benefits. A final decision is later made after you are given the opportunity to submit additional evidence.

 

To learn more about the BLBA claim process, contact Stephens & Stephens today!

 

What do Black Lung benefits include?

MONTHLY PAYMENTS, a percentage based on the coal miner’s monthly salary.

MEDICAL EXPENSES, for conditions directly related to black lung disease.

 

Contact Stephens & Stephens today to find out whether you qualify under the Black Lung Benefits Act and to begin your claim!

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