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State Supreme Court rules in favor of black lung-stricken miners

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that the state is violating the constitutional rights of coal miners suffering from black lung disease by setting up an arduous system of medical screenings to qualify for worker's compensation. Kentucky, one of the nation's top coal-producing states, has a stringent black lung law that makes it difficult for sick miners to qualify for workers compensation.

The court was divided in its ruling, but the eventual decision was that there is "[no] rational basis and justifiable reason for the disparate treatment of coal workers."

Filed under: Kentucky | Health care | Around the region | Court cases | Mining


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