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Mining Accidents in Western PA

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Coal mining is among the most dangerous professions in the United States, exposing its workers to a risk of death five times greater than the national average. The disasters recently in the news constantly remind us of this fact. In many instances, however, the owners and operators of the mine are capable of preventing these injuries and making their mines safer for its workers. Some of the more common accidents at coalmines include:

  • Coal Stockpile Collapse
  • Roof Collapse
  • Longwall Shield Collapse
  • Methane Explosion
  • Runaway Mine Car
  • Defective Tools and Equipment
  • Lack of Safety Equipment
  • Injuries Related to Mine Equipment Usage
  • Silica Dust (Coal Dust)
  • Problems with the Roof Control Plan

These types of accidents can cause severe injuries, including head trauma, spinal cord and back injuries, injuries to arms and legs, paralysis, and unfortunately, wrongful death. Depending upon the situation, an injured worker may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits, as well as compensation from those who owned and/or controlled the mine where the accident took place or those who manufactured the defective equipment.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a coal mining accident, contact Rudberg Law Offices, LLC for a free consultation. Our Pittsburgh personal injury attorneys have decades of experience representing injured persons in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

In Pennsylvania, any claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits must be filed within three (3) years of the date of injury, and any claim against the owner/controller of the mine or the manufacturer of the defective product must be made within two (2) years of the date of injury. However, it is very important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible.

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Contact a skilled lawyer in Pittsburgh

If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by the careless or wrongful actions of others, call the Pittsburgh accident attorneys of Rudberg Law Offices, LLC for assistance at 412-488-6000, 1-866-306-2667, or complete our quick contact web form.