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Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC)

Black Lung Program Statistics

Part C Black Lung Claim Adjudications
at the District Director Level
During FY 2013

Potential Liability for Benefits

SSAEs Issued 1

Approval Rate

PDOs Issued 3

Approval Rate

Trust Fund Liability

 

 

 

 

Approved

NA 2

 

87

 

Denied

495

 

477

 

Total

495

0.00%

564

15.43%

 

 

 

 

 

Operator Liability

 

 

 

 

Approved

821

 

566

 

Denied

3,561

 

3,641

 

Total

4,382

18.74%

4,207

13.45%

 

 

 

 

 

Total Decisions

 

 

 

 

Total Approved

821

 

653

 

Total Denied

4,056

 

4,118

 

Grand Total

4,877

16.83%

4,771

13.69%

Note: Because of processing time required from the time of issuance of the SSAE to the PDO, SSAE's and PDO's may not be issued in the same year on any given claim.

1 SSAE = Schedule for the Submission of Additional Evidence

2 Trust Fund approvals are issued with a PDO

3 PDO = Proposed Decision and Order

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