Black Lung Disease and Social Security Disability
Black lung disease is a common term for the condition pneumoconiosis, which results from the long-term inhalation of coal dust, graphite, or man-made carbon. Also called Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis, this condition is most frequently contracted by people working in the coal mining industry because of long-term exposure to coal dust. While there are few symptoms, pneumoconiosis will worsen over time if not caught early, and can cause other disabling conditions.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with pneumoconiosis and is unable to maintain gainful employment due to their disability, the Indianapolis Social Security Disability attorneys of the Hankey Law Office, can help you apply for SSDI benefits or to appeal a denied claim. Contact us at (800) 520-3633.
Complications from Pneumoconiosis
Pneumoconiosis symptoms include shortness of breath and cough, but in order to determine whether an individual has this condition, breathing tests and x-rays must be performed. Although there is no treatment, if caught early it can be arrested. However, some cases may worsen and lead to other conditions which may interfere with one’s ability to work, including:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Cor pulmonale
- Respiratory failure
Pneumoconiosis is listed in the Social Security Blue Book as a disabling condition, so you are likely entitled to benefits if you suffer from it. It is important to keep a record of all medical care related to the disability in order to apply for Social Security benefits, and it is highly advisable to consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can help you with your claim.
An Indianapolis Social Security Disability attorney of the Hankey Law Office, is prepared to assist those who have developed black lung disease to seek the support they need if they are no longer able to work. Contact us by calling (800) 520-3633 today.