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Morgantown Coal Mining Accidents

Coal mining has been a mainstay in West Virginia’s history and continues to be an economic driver in our state. While safety has improved drastically in recent decades, this profession can still be dangerous, and working in a coal mine comes with safety and health concerns. It’s up to an employer to provide a safe workplace, but accidents can – and do – happen. If you or a loved one has experienced an illness or injury in a coal mining accident, you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit under civil law.

The Manchin Injury Law Group, PLLC has been defending the rights of coal miners and workers in Morgantown and Fairmont for 37 years. In this time, we’ve recovered millions in settlements and jury verdicts for our clients.

The Dangers of Coal Mines

Coalmines have come a long way since the “canary in a mine shaft” in days past. Today, we use more sophisticated equipment and take further measures to protect those who work in this valuable profession. Unfortunately, the nature of the trade can still lead to serious injury.

Possible dangers of working in coalmines include:

  • Defective equipment
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Collapse and cave-ins
  • Explosions
  • Falls
  • Fires
  • Illness from chronic exposure, such as black lung disease
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

Both the federal and state government set strict guidelines for safety in the coal mining industry. According to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, workplaces must conduct regular inspections, investigate accidents, conduct regular safety training, and monitor levels of toxic substances. If employers fail to follow these rules, you may have grounds for a worker’s compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit.

When to Contact an Attorney

If you have been involved in any coal mining accident, contact the attorneys at the Manchin Injury Law Group, PLLC immediately. We work tirelessly to protect your rights to worker’s compensation and hold guilty parties responsible for their negligence. Our firm has worked with coal miners and their families around West Virginia for 37 years. We prepare every case as if it’s going to trial, which allows us to better advocate and meet the needs of our clients.

Your first step is to schedule a free initial consultation with our firm. Let one of our attorneys review your legal options in a risk-free and confidential meeting. To schedule yours, contact us today.