Black Lung

Here in the Appalachian Coalfields, I hear a lot of requests for help with Black Lung issues.
If you need assistance, please fill out a privacy release form and send it to my District Office in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I Eligible for Black Lung Benefits?

Present and former coal miners (including certain transportation and construction workers who were exposed to coal mine dust), and their surviving dependents, including surviving spouses, orphaned children, and totally dependent parents, brothers and sisters, may file claims.

Changes in Eligibility Requirements

The Black Lung Amendments of 1981 eliminated certain presumptions of disease and disability in miners' claims filed on or after January 1,1982, and eliminated presumptions of death due to pneumoconiosis in survivors' claims.

A survivor's claim filed on or after January 1, 1982, in which there was no previous miner's award, must generally demonstrate that the miner's death was due to pneumoconiosis.


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How do I Apply for Black Lung Benefits?

The U.S. Department of Labor has an office in Pikeville, Kentucky for assistance with Black Lung issues, including applications. 
You can call the Pikeville office toll-free 800-366-4599.

You may also call or visit my District Office in Prestonsburg, Kentucky for help.

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Visit the Department of Labor's website for more information about Black Lung benefits

The U.S. Department of Labor's website provides information about Black Lung benefits, including elibility, payments, printable forms and the Black Lung Benefits Act.

Click here to visit the U.S. Department of Labor's website for more information.

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