Compensation for occupational disease with multiple causes: The case of coal miners' respiratory diseases

J. L. Weeks, G. R. Wagner

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Abstract

Many diseases associated with occupational exposures are clinically indistinguishable from diseases with non-occupational causes. Given this, how are fair decisions made about eligibility for compensation? This problem is discussed in relation to the federal black lung program. Conflicting definitions of terms - coal workers' pneumoconiosis as defined by the medical profession, pneumoconiosis as defined by the United States Congress, and the popular term, black lung - are important considerations in this discussion. Each is embedded in different logical interpretations of the causes of occupational disease and of disability. Alternative views are presented and critically discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-61
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume76
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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