6th Circ. Affirms Denial Of Benefits To Miner's Widow

Law360, New York (February 16, 2010, 5:16 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed a review board's reversal of benefits awarded to the widow of a coal miner under the Black Lung Benefits Act, holding that a physician's conclusion that the miner may have lived longer if not for his job was insufficient to prove that his job “hastened” his death.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concurred with the Benefits Review Board in an opinion Friday, ruling that an administrative law judge erred in finding BLBA...
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