Surface Mining Accidents in West Virginia

Surface mining can be every bit as dangerous as mining done below the surface. Coal mining is part of the heritage of West Virginia and as the firm's attorneys were born and raised here, they understand the risks of the job and the types of injuries that can and do occur. For over 30 years, the Fitzsimmons Law Firm has proudly represented those who have been injured through no fault of their own. If you have been injured in a surface mining accident, retain an experienced coal mining accident attorney who not only understands the laws and what it takes to win, but knows what you and your family are going through.

What causes surface mining accidents?

Surface mining accidents can be caused by defective equipment such as excavating machinery, explosives, blasting equipment, drilling equipment, scoops, roof bolting machines, timbers, and others. Sometimes, vehicles such as shuttle cars, rock trucks, booms, bulldozers, coal trucks and clear-cutting equipment can be improperly maintained or operated in unsafe conditions, causing accidents.

Dangers of Surface Mining

Safety and MSHA violations in terms of industrial accidents or miners being exposed to naphtha, creosote or other toxic chemicals are another source of surface mining hazards which can lead to injury or a wrongful death. In addition, drilling or blasting on the surface can cause the inhalation of silica dust which causes black lung disease.

Injured Miners

In the wake of a coal mining accident, both the victim and the person's family can suddenly be in the position of having large medical bills which they cannot possibly keep up with. The major wage earner in the family may be unable to work but the bills just keep piling up. In severe cases, an injured miner may not be able to make a wage for a lengthy period of time.

The firm is here to help hard-working individuals, just like you, receive the compensation they need. Call their West Virginia coal mining accident attorneys today for counsel.


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