Federal Black Lung

The Federal Black Lung Program is a workers’ compensation program administered by the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL). It is specifically designed to compensate coal miners who have contracted coal-workers’ type pneumoconiosis, more commonly known as black lung. The Federal Black Lung Program was first created by Congress in 1969. 

Our goal is to attain the best outcome for both workers and employers. This includes investigations to ensure our clients are responsible for claims, and that the claims are legitimately filed by individuals who meet the definition of being a coal miner. We also verify that any functional impairment of miners' lung functions are due to their coal-mine employment. Once the condition is confirmed, we actively partner with medical vendors to provide the best possible care.

Our most valuable service is only offering an employer’s legal counsel when necessary. Many federal black lung claims do not go beyond the administrative process, which we handle on behalf of our clients. When legal counsel is necessary, we provide the necessary documents needed and work with our clients’ attorneys to review evidence and assist in deciding whether to pursue litigation or to accept liability. The anticipated benefits to be paid, along with medical treatment expenses, are taken into consideration when making these decisions. 

When claims are accepted for payment, we make indemnity payments to the miners/dependents on behalf of our clients in a timely manner and within the regulatory time frames. Since the coal mine operators are also responsible for any medical monitoring/treatment related to a miner’s black lung, Casualty Claims Solutions provides payments to medical-related vendors. Reimbursements are made to the U. S. Department of Labor’s Black Lung Disability Trust Fund only after an audit of the pay orders issued by the DOL.

 Nobody knows more about Federal Black Lung than Casualty Claims Solutions. We are the “go-to” expert for this specialized workplace risk.