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Coal Mining Accidents

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, almost 25 out of every 100,000 coal mine employees suffer fatal occupational injuries compared to just 4 out of every 100,000 in other industries. While some coal mining risks may be unavoidable, other injuries and accidents can be prevented. Those injured employees and their loved ones may be entitled to compensation. At Arnold & Itkin, our accident attorneys are familiar with the unique laws that surround the industry, and we are able to help injured employees and their families handle their injury claims.

Coal mine operators are legally required to maintain a safe mine environment in which their employees can work. They are also obligated to allow only skilled, highly trained workers to enter the mines. If a mine operator or owner does not meet these state and federally mandated safety requirements, and an employee sustains an injury or suffers a fatal accident, the employee or his or her surviving family members may be able to bring forth a deliberate intent case against the mine operator or owner. As coal mining accident attorneys, the lawyers at Arnold & Itkin are adept at investigating mining accidents and helping hold the responsible parties accountable.

Common Causes of Mining Accidents

Coal mine accidents can occur for a variety of reasons and range in seriousness from minor to potentially fatal. Many of the causes of coal mine accidents come from lax safety enforcement, meaning that mine owners and operators could have avoided these tragic incidents. Some of the more common accidents that occur at coal mines include:

  • Coal Stockpile Collapse
  • Longwall Shield Collapse
  • Roof Collapse
  • Methane Explosions
  • Runaway Mine Cars
  • Defective Tools and Equipment
  • Lack of Safety Equipment
  • Illness as a Result of Coal Dust Exposure

Who is eligible for compensation?

If you are a coal mine employee who has been injured in a mining accident, you may be entitled to compensation to cover the costs of hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering incurred as a result of the tragedy. Mine operators have powerful attorneys working on their behalf to minimize their exposure and pay the least amount of damages to injured employees; you need an experienced mine accident attorney to represent your interests if you have been injured in an accident. Contact the office of Arnold & Itkin today. We can review the facts in your case and offer you guidance.

Client's portion of total recovery may be subject to Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement claims, Medicare/Medicaid liens or other third-party claims or liens. These verdicts and settlements are intended to be representative of cases handled by Arnold & Itkin, LLP. These listings are not a guarantee or prediction of the outcome of any other claims.

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