Former miners take British Coal to court over chest diseases

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 09 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1163

Former miners took British Coal to court last week in a test case that could become the biggest health compensation claim to reach court in Britain.

Six men and the beneficiaries of the estates of two pitmen who died from their illnesses are seeking to hold British Coal liable for a range of chest diseases linked to exposure to coal dust. At present, miners are compensated for pneumoconiosis but not for chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

The eight plaintiffs …

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