Getting Compensated For Your Black Lung Disease

If you have worked in the coal industry for very long, you have likely heard about black lung disease. This disabling medical condition comes from the always-present coal dust in the air where you work and maybe even where you live. If you suspect that your lungs have been damaged by this dust, you have options for compensation even if the damage began years ago. Read on to learn more about this disease and getting compensated for the damage it has caused.

Black Lung Disease

Our bodies don't react well to foreign particles; in most cases our systems are attuned to the intruder and quickly sets to work against it. When the very tiny coal particles are inhaled into your lungs and lodge in the tissues there, your body tries to protect itself from this foreign body by forming tissue around each particle. This scar tissue builds up over time as more and more particles are inhaled. Soon, the ability to breathe in and out is severely compromised. In the early days of this disease, victims may believe that they have a cold and experience a feeling of tiredness, shortness of breath, and a dry, hacking cough.

See Your Doctor

Before you can expect to get compensated for black lung disease, you must be evaluated by your doctor. Not only should you be tested for the progress of the disease and get treatment, but a record of medical treatment should be documented. Let your doctor know that you work around the coal industry, and be sure to keep all receipts and medical records you can. The moment that you know you have this disorder, you must take action by alerting your work supervisor and filing a workers' compensation claim.

There are several diagnostic tests for black lung disease, and the doctor will want to know whether you have more issues with taking air in, breathing out, or both. You can expect to undergo chest x rays, pulmonary (lung) tests and arterial blood gas tests (how your oxygen intake affects your heart), and more.

Treating Black Lung Disease

Sadly, there is no cure for this disease, but there are treatments that can help you to breathe easier. Inhaled medications are commonly used, with both hand held inhalers and machines used at home. You must put a stop to any more damage to your lungs by requesting a job where you are not as likely to come into contact with coal dust. If your lungs become unable to take in air at all due to scar tissue, you may die.

Government Help

While workers' comp can help with medical expenses, short term coverage for recuperation, and even lump sum monetary settlements, the federal government also offers help. The Black Lung Benefits Act offers support and more benefits, and you should strongly consider contacting a workers' comp attorney for assistance with your claim.

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