Coal mining is one of the most common, blue collar professions here in
West Virginia. It is also one of the most dangerous. There are very specific
rules and regulations which govern the mining industry and strict standards
to which mining companies much adhere. Too often, however, shortcuts are
taken, safety procedures are ignored, mine shaft ventilation designs are
not built according to exact specifications, and mine operators are negligent
and careless with the lives of their employees.
When this happens, injury and death is likely to result. Coal dust and
the methane gas found in a mine shaft is highly flammable and explosive.
One wrong move in this type of situation can easily lead to a
mine shaft explosion which could end up blocking ventilation systems thereby making it all
but impossible for miners to escape to safety.
Injuries generally sustained by those closest to a mine shaft explosion
can include penetration wounds, blunt trauma, broken bones, respiratory
difficulties, blast lung and more. The damage caused by an explosion in
a confined space is significantly higher than that seen from an explosion
in an open space. Because of this, the mortality rate in this type of
explosion can be expected to rise considerably.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a mine shaft explosion,
or you have lost a loved one due to suspected negligence on the part of
the mining company and its executives,
contact Fitzsimmons Law Firm PPLC. Our law firm has
over 30 years of experience in representing workers and miners. We understand how devastating these types of injuries can be and we are
determined to be the advocate you need when fighting to recover compensation.
Medical expenses, lost income and other accident-related costs can quickly
add up making an already difficult situation even worse.
When you retain our legal counsel, we will have a
West Virginia personal injury attorney review the circumstances leading up to the explosion, gather the evidence
and documentation necessary to prove liability, and then advise you on
your best course of action. Let us do the work while you concentrate on