Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC)

Black Lung PDO Claim Decisions at the District Director Level FY 2006-2020

Year

Total Approvals TF

Total Approvals RO

Total Approvals1

Merit Denials2,4

Non-merit Denials TF3, 4

Non-merit Denials RO3, 4

Total Denials

Part C TF Survivor Entitlements Part C RO Survivor Entitlements Part B Survivor Entitlements

Total Decisions

Approval Rate5

FY 2006

118

521

639

4,109

 

 

4,109

     

4,748

13.46%

FY 2007

146

462

608

3,739

 

 

3,739

     

4,347

13.99%

FY 2008

114

446

560

2,186

473

1,197

3,856

     

4,416

20.39%

FY 2009

95

397

492

2,086

113

910

3,109

     

3,601

19.08%

FY 2010

77

432

509

2,096

126

978

3,200

     

3,709

19.54%

FY 2011

110

645

755

3,298

167

1,961

5,426

     

6,181

18.63%

FY 2012

97

632

729

2,565

229

1,780

4,574

     

5,303

22.13%

FY 2013

87

566

653

2,361

184

1,573

4,118

     

4,771

21.67%

FY 2014

92

518

610

2,664

224

1,719

4,607

     

5,217

18.63%

FY 2015

157

728

885

2,222

240

2,037

4,499

     

5,384

28.48%

FY 2016

249

877

1,126

2,706

364

2,150

5,220

     

6,346

29.38%

FY 2017

343

915

1,258

3,153

594

2,054

5,801

     

7,059

28.52%

FY 2018

285

1,113

1,398

2,761

542

1,975

5,278

     

6,676

33.61%

FY 2019

181

1,014

1,195

2,458

460

2,126

5,044

     

6,239

32.71%

FY 20206 225 793 1,018 2,241 517 1,860 4,618 89 335 54 6,114 31.24%
 

TF - Black Lung Disability Trust Fund liability

RO - Responsible coal mine operator liability

1 Approvals do not include conversions of miner to survivor benefits under 422(l) of the Act.

2 Merit denials: claims that received a Proposed Decision & Order (PDO) after all evidence is considered.

3 Non-merit denials: claims that are abandoned or withdrawn prior to a PDO.

4 Merit/non-merit categories were not quantified until FY 2008.

5Approval rate calculated using approved and denied claims and does not include withdrawn and abandoned claims (non-merit decisions).

6Beginning in FY2020 Survivor Entitlements are now reported.

Source: US Department of Labor
Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation