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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 2015

Potential Liability for Benefits

SSAEs Issued 1

Approval Rate

PDOs Issued 3

Approval Rate

Trust Fund Liability

 

 

 

 

Approved

NA 2

 

157

 

Denied

567

 

522

 

Total

567

0.00%

679

23.12%

 

 

 

 

 

Operator Liability

 

 

 

 

Approved

1,198

 

728

 

Denied

3,716

 

3,977

 

Total

4,914

24.38%

4,705

15.47%

 

 

 

 

 

Total Decisions

 

 

 

 

Total Approved

1,198

 

885

 

Total Denied

4,283

 

4,499

 

Grand Total

5,481

21.86%

5,384

16.44%

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