Coal miners use 3M dust masks and respirators to protect them from the dangerous coal dust that is produced during the course of their work. If inhaled over a prolonged period of time, the tiny particles of coal dust can lead to black lung, a life-threatening respiratory illness.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with black lung disease after using a 3M dust mask or respirator, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
Which Companies Sold Allegedly Defective 3M Respirators?
- Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
- Eastern States Mine supply
- Fairmont Supply Company
- Persinger Supply Company
- Raleigh Mine and Industrial Supply
- Mine Safety Appliances
- American Optical Corp.
- Kentucky Mine Supply Company
- And more
What is Black Lung Disease?
Black lung is the common term used for several respiratory diseases caused by breathing in coal mine dust, according to the Smithsonian Institution. The common name derives from the fact that those with the disease have lungs that appear black instead of the normal pink. There are 2 forms of black lung disease: simple CWP and complicated CWP, which also involves progressive massive fibrosis (PMF).
Symptoms of Black Lung Disease
- Cough, with or without black sputum
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
Why CWP is Deadlier Than Ever
While on-the-job mine safety has improved dramatically in recent years, the long-term health of coal miners is actually getting worse. As the Trump Administration continues to sign legislation into law that will send miners back to work, black lung is more prevalent than ever, according to Smithsonian. Today, roughly 1 in 14 underground miners with more than 25 years on the job has been diagnosed with some form of CWP – more than double the rates reported 20 years ago.
Are Lawsuits Being Filed?
A number of current and former coal miners have sued 3M, claiming they developed black lung from defective respirators and dust masks which failed to protect them on the job. A Kentucky jury recently awarded 2 former coal miners $67.5 million, concluding that the 3M respirator the men used were “defective and unreasonably dangerous.”
Do I have a 3M Dust Mask Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in 3M dust mask lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new black lung disease cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got black lung disease after using a 3M dust mask or respirator, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.