One of the most deadly accidents that can occur in coal mining is a roof collapse. A roof collapse can occur for a number of reasons. If the walls and roof of the mine have not been properly supported or bolstered, the vibrations of the mining equipment can cause a roof collapse. This is of course extremely dangerous for the miners inside the mine at the time, and can result in them suffering crush injuries, ranging from minor injuries such as a broken bone, to severe injuries that can even lead to wrongful death. In addition, a roof collapse is the common cause of miners becoming trapped in a mine, which can lead to even more dire circumstances, such as a lack of food and oxygen.
West Virginia state law, as well as federal law, puts strict regulations on coal mines, in order to mitigate the likelihood that an accident will occur. However, high demand for coal, and just plain negligence, may lead to violations of these laws, resulting in working conditions that are unsafe, and a higher likelihood of a coal mining accident. If you were injured in a roof collapse accident that was the result of negligence on the part of your employer, or any other individual whose responsibility it was to ensure that the mine was safe and workable, you need to seek legal assistance for your case immediately.
At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we have decades of experience handling coal mining accident cases. As native West Virginians, we understand how dangerous coal mining can be, and we have a deep appreciation for the men and women who risk their lives for our state. We seek to serve our clients by representing them in the legal proceedings surrounding their injury case, and help ensure that they receive the best representation and a forceful and well-argued case on their behalf. You can contact our firm to learn more about making a claim in West Virginia.