Coal Miners Claims

Collectively known as Coal Health Claims, two miners compensation schemes are run by the UK government.

Coal Health Claims is a scheme to pay compensation to UK coal miners, or the families of UK coal miners, who have contracted a respiratory condition or Vibration White Finger (VWF).

Coal Health Claims is quite possibly the biggest personal injury compensation scheme in the world, it is certainly the biggest in British legal history.

Types of Coal Miners compensation claims

Vibration White Finger (VWF)

Vibration white finger (VWF) is an industrial injury triggered by the continuous use of vibrating hand-held machinery. It was called Vibration White Finger because of the characteristic ‘white fingers’.

It is sometimes also called hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) or dead finger and is a secondary form of Raynaud’s syndrome. Vibration White Finger began being referred to as hand-arm vibration syndrome after it became known there were other symptoms in addition to white finger.

The condition can cause tingling, loss of feeling, loss of circulation and uncomfortable throbbing, loss of dexterity or reduced grip strength. Attacks of symptoms can last up to an hour.

If you are a coal miner, or the family of a coal miner, and have previously made a successful claim through the Vibration White Finger Compensation Scheme set up by the Department of Trade and Industry, visit our Vibration White Finger Negligence page – you may be owed further financial compensation.


Often referred to as ‘Meso’, Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Pleural Mesothelioma is the most common type and is caused by asbestos fibres entering the lungs.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma is the less common form, although still caused by asbestos, it is a tumour that develops on the lining of the stomach prevents it from working correctly.

Coal mining is one of the industry’s most at risk of workers being diagnosed with Mesothelioma.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is a condition were an individual suffers hearing loss due to the long-term exposure to noise.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss can be caused by the repetitive and excessive loud noise from machinery, or it could be caused by single loud noises such as those associated with the use of explosives. It can be immediate or it can take a long time to be noticeable. It can affect one or both ears and it can be temporary or permanent.

Also referred to as industrial deafness, compensation claims made by miners for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) are rising steeply according to the government.

Pneumoconiosis/Coal Miners Lung Disease

Pneumoconiosis or coal miners lung disease is caused by years spent breathing in and retaining large amounts of dust, which is usually in relatively enclosed spaces.

The risk of developing the disease is relative to the length of time and the extent of exposure to the coal dust. Better control of exposure to coal dust has made it much less common than in the past, however it is estimated there are approximately 200 new cases diagnosed in the UK each year, mostly affected workers over the age of 50.


Empysema develops due to inflammation surrounding the bronchioles and is caused by irritants that are airborne in some industrial processes, such as coal mining. It can sometimes be difficult to identify the cause as emphysema can take a number of years to develop.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage in your wrist made up of small bones and a tough band of tissue that helps the tendons bend the fingers.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the compression of the median nerve within the wrist, which controls movement and sensation in the hands. The condition causes tingling sensations, numbness and usually pain in the hand and fingers.

Coal Miners Claim? Contact Mellor Hargreaves today

If you are a miner, ex-miner, or the partner or family of a miner who has sadly died, contact Mellor Hargreaves on 0800 811 844 and speak to one of our expert solicitors. You could be owed compensation because of a mining injury or illness.