Mining is a dangerous profession. However, if employers take proper measures to protect their employers in the mine, they can prevent many accidents. A recent report says that West Virginia's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has added a southern West Virginia coal mine to the list of pattern violators. This brings the number of mines on the list to four.
The MSHA said that the mine failed to report worker injuries, had 158 significant and substantial violations over 12 months ending Aug. 31. Some of these violations included failing to support underground roofs. If roofs of mines aren't properly supporter a roof collapse could occur causing significant injuries and death.
People who are injured in mining accidents could become disabled, and suffer from a lifetime of health complications. These injuries often require the person to seek rehabilitation throughout their life. They might also need to seek around-the-clock medical care.
From the intitial hospital visit, to weekly rehab sessions, the medical costs for a severe mining injury can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of the person's life.
Mining accident victims might be wise to speak with an experienced West Virginia personal injury attorney. They can help a person understand their rights and seek compensation. This compensation can be used to help pay for medical expenses after the injury and in the future. Filing a lawsuit can also help ensure that the company corrects the problem that caused the injury to hopefully prevent another person from being injured in the same way.
Source: WVVA, "MSHA lists. W.VA. coal mine as pattern violator," Greg Carter, Nov. 26, 2013