The suits allege that 3M and various other entities knew or should have known that their products didn’t adequately protect users from harm. Defendants have been accused of negligence, product liability and breach of warranty.
Free Confidential Class Action Lawsuit Evaluation: Our lawyers are currently wishing to speak with anyone who has been diagnosed with black lung disease after using a 3M dust mask or respirator. If you or a loved one has been injured, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
Which Companies Sold Allegedly Defective 3M Respirators?
- Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
- Eastern States Mine supply
- Fairmont Supply Company
- Persinger Supply Company
- Raleigh Mine and Industrial Supply
- Mine Safety Appliances
- American Optical Corp.
- Kentucky Mine Supply Company
- And more
What is Black Lung Disease?
Black lung disease, or coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), is a disease that develops from the inhalation of coal dust, according to the American Lung Association (ALA). The common name derives from the fact that those with the disease have lungs that appear black instead of the normal pink. There are 2 forms of black lung disease: simple CWP and complicated CWP, which also involves progressive massive fibrosis (PMF).
Black Lung Disease Symptoms
In many cases, it can take years or even decades for symptoms of black lung disease to manifest. Many coal workers don’t even know they have the disease until they retire. When they do present, however, symptoms of black lung disease include:
- Cough, with or without black sputum
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
Is CWP Curable?
No. All of the conditions that encompass ‘black lung disease’ are progressive, and there is no cure for any of them, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. More than 76,000 coal mine workers have died from complications of black lung since 1968, the agency reports.
Do I Have a 3M Dust Mask Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in 3M dust mask lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new black lung disease cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with black lung disease after using a 3M dust mask or respirator, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing class action suit and we can help.