When an injury is sustained as a worker in the coal mining industry and the injury occurs on the surface as opposed to beneath the ground level, you need to contact a West Virginia personal injury attorney quickly. Although it may seem as though the risks of working on the surface as a coal mining worker are negligible, many serious and even fatal injuries can occur. If you or someone you love has sustained a surface mining accident, our firm can assist you in safeguarding your rights and determining what your best course of action should be.
While we understand that there are inherent risks involved when you are working below the surface in the coal mining industry, many people are unaware that there are many surface mining accidents that occur every year which can be very serious and even deadly. Electrocution, truck rollovers, explosions, falling and crushing accidents are just some of the serious causes of injuries that can occur at the surface of a mine. Depending upon the cause of your surface mining accident you may be eligible to collect compensation for your injuries in addition to the workers compensation that you receive.
Coal mine owners and operators are held to strict state and federal regulations regarding the safety of the facilities and equipment as well as the proper training of employees. When these regulations are not upheld, causing an accident that results in serious injury or even death, the owners and/or operators of the facility may be held liable. To find out what your options are and how to proceed from here, let the caring and skilled attorneys from our firm lend you the helping hand you need at this difficult time.
At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we bring more than 35 years of combined experience to your aid when you retain our services. Born and raised in Southern West Virginia, we not only represent the hardworking citizens of this community but we are a part of this community as well. Our firm has achieved many significant victories, both in settlements and verdicts for our clients and we make it a point to regularly communicate with our clients to make certain they understand the process and how it relates to them. We will work tirelessly to advocate for your cause as we take the privilege of representing you very seriously. Please contact our office to learn more about seeking justice for a coal mining accident.