COAL HEALTH CLAIMS: Find out how to get compensation for health problems caused by mining.
You could get money for a condition called ‘black lung‘ if you worked as a miner for the British Coal or the National Coal Board.
There are other poor health conditions you may qualify for. They include vibration white finger (VWF), the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and mesothelioma.
Note: Most compensation schemes are now closed. This guide explains how to get compensation for health problems caused by mining.
Claiming for Health Conditions and Diseases
You may qualify to make a claim through the courts. In some cases you might also claim compensation through Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB).
You could choose to get legal advice and make a claim through the courts system in the United Kingdom for:
- Hearing impairment called Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL).
- Respiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
- Hand and arm vibration related conditions (e.g. Vibration White Finger).
- Asbestos related conditions such as diffuse mesothelioma.
There is compensation available through a diffuse mesothelioma payment. The claim applies even if you cannot determine the employer (or their insurer) who was responsible for your contact with asbestos.
Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis Scheme
Do you have pneumoconiosis illness and if so, was it caused by coal mining? Employees of British Coal and the National Coal Board affected by pneumoconiosis may be eligible to claim compensation.
Coal miners compensation claims get handled by the Coal Industry Pneumoconiosis Compensation Scheme (CIPCS). The CIPCS uses the same process as the Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis Scheme (CWPS).
Coal Health Compensation Eligibility
There is an eligibility criteria to claim through the Coal Health Compensation scheme. You must be receiving Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit for at least one of these health conditions:
- Pneumoconiosis (includes asbestos, ‘black lung’, and silicosis
- Diffuse bilateral pleural thickening
- Lung cancer (primary carcinoma) with diffuse bilateral pleural thickening
- Lung cancer (primary carcinoma) with asbestosis
To qualify, you must also have worked for at least ten (10) years in coal mining, as a contractor or employee for either the:
- National Coal Board (NCB).
- British Coal Corporation (BCC).
Note: Making a claim under this scheme means you cannot make a claim through the courts as well. Seek legal advice to help you decide which claims method would be better for your case.
Claiming for a Miner who has Died
You can also make Coal Health Compensation claims if your deceased spouse or family member would have been eligible. But, the cause of death as stated on the miner’s death certificate must be one of the qualifying health conditions.
Note: Contact your local Jobcentre Plus if they were not receiving IIDB when they passed away. In some cases you may still make a claim through the Coal Health Compensation scheme.
Coal Miners Compensation Claims 2022
You can contact Nabarro Claims Solutions to request a Coal Health Compensation claims form. They can help with BCC and National Coal Board claims. You may prefer to call the Coal Health helpline to get a form instead. Mail the completed form by return to Nabarro who handle claims through CWPS.
Nabarro Claims Solutions Address
Coal health claims
PO Box 68585
You should get legal advice to make a common law claim for any disease illnesses. Thus, a solicitor can help you determine whether you can claim compensation for conditions other than pneumoconiosis.
Note: Another section explains the process of claiming for subsidence damage caused by coal mining activities and who would be dealing with the case (e.g. the mine owner).
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