One Man’s Struggle for Black Lung Justice

From Caijing Magazine:

If not for a risky biopsy that confirmed his black lung disease — nearly two years after an initial diagnosis that was nearly forgotten — 28-year-old Zhang Haichao might still be struggling to justify his health compensation claim.

But Zhang pushed for proper medical attention and his legal rights as a victim of an occupational disease, eventually winning not only the compensation he deserved but a victory over a local health system that neglected sick workers.

Zhang’s respiratory distress began in August 2007 after he spent two years working at a factory that makes fireproof bricks in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province.


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