When a worker is injured in a coal mine, the mining company usually steers the injured miner toward the workers' compensation system. There is a reason for this: to control the company's potential liability. Unfortunately, workers' compensation benefits are limited and do not compensate workers for everything they have lost in an accident.
At the law firm of Bordas & Bordas, our lawyers stand up for workers in the coal mining and shale gas drilling industries. If you have been injured in a coal mining accident or have lost a family member in a fatal accident, we offer a free initial consultation to explain your rights and answer your questions. For your convenience, we have law offices in Wheeling or Moundsville, West Virginia, St. Clairsville, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Do I Have Options Beyond Workers' Compensation?
In many cases, yes. Workers' compensation offers benefits for people who suffer an on-the-job injury or occupational illness regardless of fault. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may also have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person or entity that caused your injury. One example is an injury covered under Ohio's "deliberate intent" statute. Bordas & Bordas has handled dozens of such claims over the years, including landmark results such as Evans v. Allied Waste .
Coal mine accidents often occur because the mining company failed to make proper inspections and make needed corrections when dangerous conditions are discovered. When mining companies disregard state and federal safety regulations and put miners at risk, our lawyers are experienced at holding those companies accountable.
Our lawyers are experienced in seeking out employer liability in accidents such as:
- Collapsing of mine slopes
- Explosions caused by dust, natural gases such as firedamp or methane, or use of improper explosives
- Exposure to poisonous gases such as hydrogen sulfide
- Injuries caused by malfunctioning equipment such as lamps or electrical equipment
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Have you or a loved one been injured in a coal mining accident? Contact us today to speak with our knowledgeable coal mine accident attorneys. We offer free initial consultations and bill on a contingent fee basis — you won't have to pay us a thing unless we obtain results for you.