Coal mining is a huge part of our economy in West Virginia. While this fact is generally taken for granted, many people do not often consider the risks that so many workers undertake as part of day-to-day operations of working in a coal mine. While the job carries a certain degree of risk, it is important to realize that many injuries can be prevented through diligence and adherence to safety.
Unfortunately, in an effort to continually bolster the bottom line, bosses, corporations and manufacturers all too often put profit motives in front of worker well-being. While workers' compensation can help injured workers recover, mining injuries can be catastrophic and may require more compensation to address long-term healing, recuperation and quality of life.
If you or someone close to you has been seriously injured in a mining accident, reach out to a team of lawyers that has the comprehensive experience necessary to inform you of your rights and advocate for you.
Our 50 years of combined personal injury experience gives us the comprehensive knowledge to work on any coal mining injury accident involving:
- Coal mine explosions
- Methane and coal dust explosions
- Mining equipment injuries
- Heavy equipment and vehicles
- Conveyor belts
- Drilling equipment
- Injuries caused by safety violations
- Underground and surface accidents
Safety Violations And Coal Truck Accidents
Coal truck accidents involve issues that are not present in other types of motor vehicle accidents. To ensure you are fully compensated for your injuries, it's important to hire an attorney who has experience, not only with the coal mining industry, but also with federal motor carrier safety regulations that apply to heavy trucks.
Coal truck accidents may involve safety violations that can have an important bearing on liability. Examples of safety violations include:
- Violations of hours-of-service regulations
- Hiring unqualified drivers
- Overloaded trucks
- Improper maintenance
- Defective equipment
In the aftermath of an accident, prompt investigation is needed to uncover violations before key evidence "goes missing." We have a team of experts available to help you. Our experts include accident reconstructionists, truck safety experts and medical experts.
Mining companies usually steer injured drivers to workers' compensation. However, workers' compensation may not be your sole source of recovery if you are injured on the job.
Workers' compensation provides medical care and lost wage benefits if you are injured on the job regardless of fault. If the accident was caused by negligence of someone else, you may also be able to seek additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party.
Consult With Our Lawyers In A Free Consultation
By fusing our hands-on approach to client advocacy with our personal injury expertise, we at Johnstone & Gabhart, LLP, have recovered millions of dollars for workers injured due to negligence.
Many of these cases may involve multiple defendants, adding a further layer of complexity, and taking decisive action is all the more important. We want to point out that the above list is not comprehensive. If you have been injured in any coal mining or truck accident, please get in touch as soon as possible and schedule a free initial consultation.
To schedule a free initial consultation with us, call 304-553-0830 or email the firm.