West Virginia Coal Mining Accidents Attorney

Coal mining accidents have resulted in a staggering number of unnecessary, preventable injuries and deaths. Looking back to 1900, it is estimated that more than 100,000 lives were lost as a result of coal mining accidents. The U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MHSA), created in 1978, is responsible for federal mining safety issues. The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 requires four annual inspections for underground mines and two for every mine at surface level. The Act of 1977 requires complete underground and above ground inspections as well. When inspections are not conducted as they are supposed to – in great detail – criminal and civil penalties may result. If you were injured in a coal mining accident, or if a loved one lost their life, compensation may be available in a personal injury or wrongful death claim. It is advisable to speak to an experienced West Virginia coal mining accident attorney. Tiano O’Dell has successfully represented thousands of claims over the past two decades.

Coal Mining Safety:

The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, known as the Mine Act, has safety provisions and requirements to ensure the well-being of miners and personnel. Some of the provisions include:

  • Inspections are to occur on all mines
  • All underground mines are to receive 4 inspections annually
  • Above ground mines are to be inspected at least twice annually
  • Mines that release larger quantities of methane gas are to be inspected more frequently
  • Exceptionally hazardous mines are to be inspected more frequently
  • Mine operators are required to notify MSHA when a mine is opened or closed
  • Written emergency response plans are required
  • Every mine is to have two experienced rescue teams available within one hour

Mine management has a duty to comply with safety requirements.

Complimentary Consultation with West Virginia Mining Accident Attorney, No Legal Fees Unless We Recover Compensation:

Safety issues are of paramount importance. If you were injured in a mining accident of any size or kind, it is wise to consult with legal counsel for an assessment of the facts to determine whether a negligence claim may be pursued. In Charleston and throughout West Virginia, Tiano O’Dell represents parties who were injured in mining and industrial accidents. Firm founders William Tiano and Tony O’Dell were named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association, as well as West Virginia Super Lawyers. A complimentary evaluation is available to discuss the details of your case. Compensation often includes medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and more. To schedule your free case review, call Tiano O’Dell at 304-720-6700.


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