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Black Lung Benefits for Disabled Coal Miners and Their Families

By Stephen A. Sanders

The federal black lung benefits program supports coal miners when they are totally disabled by black lung disease. It allows a deceased miner’s survivors to collect benefits when the miner died of black lung diseases. The legal process governing black lung benefits is complicated by varying sets of regulations for claims filed at different times, a unique administrative appeal structure, and complex standards for medical evidence. Because miners and their survivors live across the country, advocates nationwide need to be aware of this potential source of income for disabled miners and their families.

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