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Popcorn Lung Lawsuit – Disabled Worker Awarded $30 Million


Popcorn Lung Lawsuit Costs Employer $30,000,000

A Popcorn Lung Lawsuit recently awarded the injured worker about $30 million.

After reading several recent Workers Compensation publications, it has become apparent that Popcorn Lung is a real concern to factory workers.

Graphic Of Trophy Popcorn Lung Lawsuit

The connection between diacetyl and this lung condition was not discovered until 2003-2004. Since then several lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the injured workers. Some more recent ones have been very successful in earning huge awards for the factory worker. The most recent reported was $30 million to a factory worker in Illinois. Other awards have been from $2.7 million to $15 million.

Bronchiolitis Obliterans or Popcorn Lung’s only real cure is a lung transplant.  The disease causes inflammation of the airways and scarring which can lead to diminished air flow. The disease seems to progressively worsen leading to the need for the transplant. Workers in Popcorn Factories seem to be at a high risk due to their exposure to diacetyl.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), many flavoring chemicals may put workers at an increased risk of diseases similar to the one in the popcorn lung lawsuit.

2023 Update – Many of the vapes may possibly cause a similar condition called oilman’s lungs.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

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