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.