Black Lung Disease In The Courts

Merica I. Johnson v. Caspar Weinberger is one many cases filed against the Secretary of Health Education and Welfare seeking benefits under the status of "black lung." Black lung, a term used for pneumoconiosis arising out of coal mime employment, was a condition contracted by hundreds of mine workers. Merica Johnson's husband Leo, a World War II Navy veteran, worked for Inland Steel in Wheelwright, Kentucky for seventeen years. He died on the job at age forty-six, and his wife never received disability compensation.

Subject

Lungs--Dust diseases

Creator

Records of District Courts of the United States,
Record Group 21

Source

Civil Case Files, Pikeville, Kentucky

Date

1974

Rights

National Archives at Atlanta

Format

Textual Document, 6 pages

Identifier

National Archives Identifier 16581713

Coverage

Fort McPherson (Ga.)

Original Format

Paper
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