{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

Class-action lawsuit filed against Johns Hopkins Hospital over black lung program | Center for Public Integrity. This is a Pulitzer Prize article...

Class-action lawsuit filed against Johns Hopkins Hospital over black lung program | Center for Public Integrity. This is a Pulitzer Prize article...

Coal miners rally for black lung law reform on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in 1975. (See more from Earl Dotter's "Quiet Sickness" series here - on NPR site.)

Coal miners rally for black lung law reform on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in 1975. (See more from Earl Dotter's "Quiet Sickness" series here - on NPR site.)

"You'll get lung cancer, dumbass." Harper snapped at Jamie as he took one from the pack and lit it. "When?" "When you're older." "Don't worry, sunshine, I won't live that long."

"You'll get lung cancer, dumbass." Harper snapped at Jamie as he took one from the pack and lit it. "When?" "When you're older." "Don't worry, sunshine, I won't live that long."

Mark McCowan, 47, was diagnosed with the worst stage of black lung only five years after an X-ray showed he had no sign of the disease.

Mark McCowan, 47, was diagnosed with the worst stage of black lung only five years after an X-ray showed he had no sign of the disease.

Despite the best efforts of the United States Department of Labor through the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to control exposure to respirable coal mine dust, the number of Black Lung cases currently being diagnosed in Appalachia is unprecedented according to some researchers. In the decades since the passage of the 1977 Mine Act, …

Despite the best efforts of the United States Department of Labor through the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to control exposure to respirable coal mine dust, the number of Black Lung cases currently being diagnosed in Appalachia is unprecedented according to some researchers. In the decades since the passage of the 1977 Mine Act, …

For Top Hospital, Tough Questions About Black Lung and Money ~ Oct. 30, 2013 ~ Coal company paying the doctor to "NOT SEE" Black Lung So They Don't Have To PAY The Men That Worked For Them Their Whole Lives....

For Top Hospital, Tough Questions About Black Lung and Money ~ Oct. 30, 2013 ~ Coal company paying the doctor to "NOT SEE" Black Lung So They Don't Have To PAY The Men That Worked For Them Their Whole Lives....

Coalminers call for inquiry after return of black lung disease in Queensland

Coalminers call for inquiry after return of black lung disease in Queensland

This article examines possible direct and indirect effects of healthcare reform on worker's compensation. One possible effect is a higher premium, another is black lung benefits. (0608)

This article examines possible direct and indirect effects of healthcare reform on worker's compensation. One possible effect is a higher premium, another is black lung benefits. (0608)

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