A 19-year fight for benefits

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Former miner Ted Latusek has tried for almost two decades to prove that the scarring in his lungs was caused by coal mine dust. Doctors testifying for the company have denied any link between his particular pattern of disease and his work, despite increasing recognition of this form of illness by government agencies and independent researchers. Click on a gavel to read the decision.

Gavel icons: Connie Shu, from The Noun Project, licensed CC BY