For many years, a major client of Spence Custer’s has been Bethlehem Steel, known for its iron and steel production, mill work, and coal mining. The passage of the Black Lung Act in 1969, combined with the minimum amount of preparedness of other area defense firms, allowed Spence Custer’s expertise draw many of the major mining companies in this area to the Firm for defense of their occupational disease cases, both under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act and the Federal Black Lung Act. We have litigated black lung cases in several areas of the country at all levels of litigation to include the District Director, Administrative Law Judge, Benefits Review Board, several of the Circuit Courts, and the United States Supreme Court.
We have litigated occupational disease cases throughout the Commonwealth and, again, at all levels to include Workers’ Compensation Judges, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, the Commonwealth Court, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. We have a close working relationship with the Workers’ Compensation Bureau and the Commonwealth Court. Our experience has allowed us to develop a relationship with a list of industrial hygienists and physicians who specialize in diseases of this nature. We are proud to note that we are frequently called upon to share our expertise in this area by other members of the Bar – both locally and on a national basis.