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Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC)

Black Lung Program Statistics

Claims with Attorney or Lay Representation
at the District Director Level

FISCAL YEAR

PDOs Issued *

Attorney
Representation

Lay
Representation

Unrepresented
Claimants

2011

6,181

31%

15%

54%

2012

5,303

29%

20%

51%

2013

4,839

25%

20%

55%

2014

5,311

33%

19%

48%

2015

5,398

36%

19%

45%

2016

6,346

41%

16%

43%

2017

7,059

40%

17%

43%

2018

6,676

42%

20%

38%

* PDO = Proposed Decision and Order.

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