Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC)

Claims Filed Under the Black Lung Benefits Act
2001-2020

Fiscal
Year1

New Claims

Refiled Claims2

Successor Claims3

Part C Survivor Conversions4, 5

Part B Survivor Conversions 4, 5

Total5

2001

3464

3604

756

1164

 

8988

2002

3237

2982

779

1062

 

8060

2003

2594

1926

704

982

 

6206

2004

1992

1832

665

856

 

5345

2005

2087

1869

611

804

 

5371

2006

1720

1837

563

642

 

4762

2007

1873

1889

570

581

 

4913

2008

1670

1598

522

480

 

4270

2009

1597

1807

506

444

 

4354

2010

2683

3088

636

637

 

7044

2011

2410

2383

635

631

 

6059

2012

2176

2140

494

559

 

5369

2013

2544

2655

624

597

 

6420

2014

2877

3458

589

470

 

7394

2015

2860

2879

601

478

 

6818

2016

3334

3114

573

427

 

7448

2017

3021

3287

600

478

 

7386

2018

2588

3345

317

423

 

6673

2019

2580

3471

296

459

 

6806

2020

1783 2853 213 422 65 5336


1 Current regulations became effective January 19, 2001.

2 Refiled claim: the claimant has filed at least once before.

3 Successor claim: a subsequent claim filed on a miner's record by another person.

4 Conversion: some dependent survivors are automatically entitled to benefits.

5 Beginning with FY2020 the Total Incoming Claims include Part B Survivor Entitlement claims.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor
Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation