Federal officials have ranked underground bituminous coal mining as one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, a fact that's not surprising to West Virginia miners or their families. The recent death of a 45-year-old coal miner near Cameron was the state's first mining fatality of the year.
No one doubts West Virginia health care providers have busy schedules or perform important, sometimes life-saving, tasks. Humans make mistakes, but some errors are less forgivable than others, particularly when someone else's health is endangered. Doctors and other service providers are obligated to meet high quality standards of care.