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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 2014

Potential Liability for Benefits

SSAEs Issued 1

Approval Rate

PDOs Issued 3

Approval Rate

Trust Fund Liability

 

 

 

 

Approved

NA 2

 

92

 

Denied

567

 

544

 

Total

567

0.00%

636

14.47%

 

 

 

 

 

Operator Liability

 

 

 

 

Approved

1,040

 

518

 

Denied

3,698

 

4,063

 

Total

4,738

21.95%

4,581

11.31%

 

 

 

 

 

Total Decisions

 

 

 

 

Total Approved

1,040

 

610

 

Total Denied

4,265

 

4,607

 

Grand Total

5,305

19.60%

5,217

11.69%

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