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Claiming compensation for black lung
Black lung, also known as pneumoconiosis, is a disease that causes shortness of breath, coughing, and tightness of the chest. Among those most at risk are coal miners and manufacturers of graphite and carbon products.
Pneumoconiosis is a nationwide issue. Employers are often responsible for damages caused by their negligence of the harmful effects of coal dust exposure, and their failure to follow the regulations that prevent the disease.
Black lung is not currently covered under the workers' compensation scheme, but recent cases in Queensland have resulted in a review of regulations and legislation, with workers once again seeking compensation.
Why Maurice Blackburn?
If you have been diagnosed with pneumoconiosis, our expert black lung lawyers can examine and compile your case, help you make a personal injury claim, and get you the compensation you deserve.
Symptoms of black lung often develop 10–15 years after serious exposure to coal dust, and there are no statutory time limits for making your claim. We can examine your case even if you were diagnosed decades ago—though you should seek legal assistance as soon as you are diagnosed.
If your claim is successful you may be awarded compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain, and loss of expectancy of life.
We offer 'no win, no fee'* arrangements for these types of cases, which means that you don’t have to pay for our legal services if we don't win.
Contact us today to find out how we can help.