Coal mining is a rich tradition in the Mountain State. Despite being an inherently dangerous occupation, mining has long been considered a lucrative and respectable way for West Virginians to provide for their families. Unfortunately, the state is no stranger to mining accidents, having experienced a number of disasters throughout its history—including an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010 that killed 29 miners.
Some of the most common types of coal mining accidents include:
- Cave-ins and collapses
- Equipment accidents
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Mine car accidents
- Coal truck accidents
- Stockpile collapses
- Crushing accidents
Mining disasters can cause serious injuries or even death. Injuries associated with coal mining accidents include burns, chemical exposure, broken bones, crushing injuries, internal bleeding or organ damage, concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), limb loss, and more.
However, if the accident and your injuries were the result of an intentional act, or caused by a worker or supervisor from another company, you may have grounds to take legal action. A personal injury lawsuit allows you to pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other damages. If the injuries were intentional, you may also be awarded punitive damages, which serve as a punishment for the defendant.
During an insurance claim or lawsuit, you may find yourself going head-to-head with savvy insurance adjusters or aggressive corporate lawyers, which is why you need skilled legal counsel to help level the playing field.
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If you’ve been hurt in a West Virginia coal mining accident, William “Ty” Nestor can help you understand your legal rights and gather the evidence needed to present a strong claim for damages. Have questions about your coal mining accident case? Contact the Nestor Law Office right away to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation consultation.