Call Expert Mining Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney David A. Sims of Vienna, WV
If a mining accident has caused your injury or the wrongful death of a family member, call expert mining injury and wrongful death Attorney David A. Sims of Vienna, WV today. Our law practice will assist you with filing your claim or lawsuit to obtain the maximum financial compensation allowed by law. We handle claims all throughout the North-Central and Mid-Ohio Valley Regions of West Virginia.
West Virginia is known for producing some of the finest coal in the world. Our mining history is extensive and we are proud of our brave coal miners who work so hard to fuel the economies of West Virginia and our nation. Coal was discovered in Boone County in 1742 and is now mined in ¾ of the counties of West Virginia. Over 30,000 West Virginia jobs depend directly on the coal industry and virtually all of the electricity produced in West Virginia comes from coal.
Unfortunately, mining in West Virginia also has a tragic history. In 2009 alone, over 16,000 safety violations were recorded.Since 1884, there have been dozens of major accidents that claimed the lives of hundreds of hard working West Virginia citizens.
Aside from the major tragedies that have been recorded, there have been innumerable deaths and injuries that have directlyresulted from careless negligence on the part of mine owners and operators. Unfortunately, many injuries have gone without being reported for fear of retributions and job loss. If you have been injured on the job, you have a legal right to compensation for your medical expenses, loss of work (now and in the future), and compensation for pain and suffering, as well.
Mining does not have to be a dangerous job, but neglect and incompetence on the part of mine owners makes mining one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Accidents and injuries from mining accidents include:
- Black/Silica Lung Disease
- Chemical Exposures
- Collisions with/Crushed by Heavy Machinery
- Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Exposure
- Inundation by Water/Drowning
- Roof Collapses
Aside from acute accidents, the conditions of coal mines (cramped, dusty, toxic, damp, etc.) also contribute to chronic health dangers such as various lung diseases, arthritis, cancer, organ failure, etc. Environmental damage also contributes to injuries to miners and the general public. Frack water, heavy metal drainage, and toxic leaks from mines contaminate waterways and make residents ill, as well.
Regulations exist to protect workers from unnecessary injury and death in the coal mines, but time after time, coal mine owners choose to neglect the regulations, violate laws, and place their workers at risk. We know how to prevent most mining accidents, injuries, and deaths, but tragically (and immorally), many mine operators make the incomprehensible decision to risk the health and safety of miners instead of correcting the violations.
If you (or a loved one) have recently suffered a loss, injury, or death as a result of negligence on the part of mine operators, call Attorney David A. Sims for your free initial consultation today: (304) 428-5291.