Many coal mine accidents occur each year throughout the United States. These accidents are the result of a variety of different factors, but the impact is almost certainly devastating. Recently, a West Virginia coal mining accident resulted in a fatality. Unfortunately, this is not unusual. In many cases, victims will suffer serious bodily injuries or even death. If you or your loved one has been injured in a coal mine accident in the state of West Virginia, contact Colombo Law.
Consequences of an Accident
The financial impact of a coal mining accident can be disastrous for you and your family. In addition to lost wages, medical expenses for treatment of serious injuries that occur while on the job can quickly take a toll on your financial security. That is why it is important to seek the help of an experienced attorney when you have been injured in a coal mining accident. The attorneys at Colombo law want to help you or your loved one obtain the compensation you deserve for your disastrous injury.
Compensation for Your Injuries
When an on-the-job coal mining injury occurs, you may be entitled to compensation. The most common form of relief or financial compensation is filing a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation is the most common form of relief for on-the-job injuries. Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment. It provides reimbursement for a percentage of your wages. Unfortunately, workmers’ compensation claims do not cover the total amount of wages lost, regardless of the cause of your injuries. In addition, there are several requirements that must be met for an individual to meet the definition of an “employee” and successfully state a claim. During an initial consultation, the attorneys at Colombo Law will be able to help you determine whether you qualify for workers’ compensation.
Since workers’ compensation claims are often not enough to cover your full financial obligations after an accident, you may wonder whether there are additional claims that can be pursued against an employer. Generally, employers cannot be sued for injuries that arise as a result of on-the-job accidents. However, in some instances, you may also be able to file a deliberate intent lawsuit against an employer. These lawsuits arise when an employer knew about a dangerous work condition and violated specific safety standards or regulations. When this occurs, you may be entitled to additional damages.
Contact Colombo Law Today
Colombo Law assists clients located in and around West Virginia including Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation to get you or your loved one the assistance that is deserved.