Black lung disease, also called coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP), develops when an individual inhales coal dust over a significant period of time. The lungs cannot rid themselves of the fine dust, and years of exposure can turn the lungs black. Without appropriate treatment, CWP can lead to an even more serious condition called progressive massive fibrosis. In the most severe cases, it results in death.
At Warner Law Offices, we hold negligent coal mining companies accountable for improper ventilation, poor maintenance of safety equipment and other issues that can lead to CWP. In addition, our attorneys take a close and continuing interest in our clients' physical well-being, and we will help you find appropriate medical treatment.
Black lung disease often takes years to produce symptoms. In fact, it is not uncommon for decades to pass between the time the miner is first exposed to the coal dust and the time he or she is diagnosed.
Early symptoms, such as shortness of breath, may go ignored. However, coal workers' pneumoconiosis or progressive massive fibrosis often creates more serious symptoms over time, including:
- Painful breathing
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Lung scarring and dysfunction
- Heart problems
Silicosis is the quartz miners' version of the disease. More and more miners in central Appalachia are developing silicosis from breathing in fine quartz dust particles. Like black lung disease, silicosis results in scarring of the lungs and serious breathing problems.
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