Mining Accidents Are Still A Serious Problem In Pennsylvania
Most people assume mining accidents are something that occurred back in the old days. However, mining is still a large industry in Pennsylvania, and mine workers are still commonly injured while on the job. If you or a loved one has suffered a mining accident injury, seek the advice of a knowledgeable personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney to determine your legal options to help you recover for damages suffered.
In August of this year, a 35-year-old coal miner was crushed below the waist at a Consol Energy, Inc. mine in Greene County, Pennsylvania. The miner suffered a fractured pelvis and internal bleeding, but the injuries were not life-threatening. Apparently, a platform used to hold rock dust slid off a supply car and landed on the miner. Medics flew him to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
There are numerous causes of mining accident-related injuries. Common examples include:
- Roof or platform collapse
- Methane explosions
- Runaway mine cars
- Faulty mining equipment
- Inadequate ventilation
- Failure to use proper safety equipment
- Inadequate escape routes
A mining accident may result in a workers’ compensation claim, a personal injury claim or a product liability claim. It is important to contact an attorney who is experienced in each of these areas to explore your legal options. A claim for workers’ compensation benefits must be filed within three years from the date of injury, and a personal injury or product liability claim must be filed within two years from the date of injury.
A mining accident attorney who is experienced in workers’ compensation and personal injury law can help you determine the best strategy for recovering maximum compensation for your injuries.