May 1, 2014 4th Circuit published opinion

Collins v Pine Creek Mining Company

Collins field for survivor benefits arguing her husband had legal pneumoconiosis. The administrative law judge ultimately agreed the disease was present in her husband, but, ruled it did not cause the death. The panel reversed and awarded benefits. It held that the treating physician’s documentation demonstrated the connection between the disease and Collins’ husband’s death and the evidence relied upon by the administrative law judge actually supported the award of benefits as it identified lung disease an underlying cause of death. Closing a 16 year case, the panel awarded benefits and remanded for calculation.

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