10th Circuit Affirms Award of Benefits to Coal Miner under Black Lung Benefits Act

  • Order

DENVER –– The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has rejected challenges to an award of benefits to a coal miner under the Black Lung Benefits Act, finding that the ALJ’s determination was based on “substantial evidence.”

In a Dec. 11 opinion, the 10th Circuit specifically found that the claimant had submitted enough evidence to satisfy the 15-year employment requirement under the Act.

Claimant Charles Conley sought benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act, contending that he had been injured during the course of his work in a miner, during which time he was exposed to silica and coal-mine dust. …


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