Are you or a loved one suffering from a serious injury or illness from working as a miner? You may be wondering:
- How can I support my family while out of work?
- Why did my Workers' Comp claim get denied?
- How can I get through the appeals process?
- Does Workers' Comp cover diseases?
Our dedicated work injury lawyers can help you plan your next steps after a mining accident.
Monheit Law takes pride in helping injured miners receive full compensation while out of work.
Mining is one of the most dangerous industries in the world. Every year, there are numerous headlines about mining accidents which end with multiple casualties. While these accidents are much rarer than they used to be, they are far more severe than workplace accidents in most other industries.
The dangers of the mining industry have been well known for over a century. But somehow in 2017, we still have not developed strict enough safety regulations. Even in developed nations like the US, we still have catastrophic mining disasters like the West Virginia mine explosion of 2010. We must do more to protect the brave workers who supply our nation with an affordable energy source.
How Are Injured Miners Compensated?
Like other Pennsylvania workers, injured miners qualify for benefits through Workers' Compensation. When injuries are severe enough to cause long-term or permanent disability, miners may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits as well.
However, it is common for injured workers to encounter resistance from employers and insurance companies when they file a claim. These parties may attempt to dispute and deny claims for a number of reasons.
Many miners may feel they lack the resources to fight back against these powerful people, but having an experienced work injury lawyer to represent you can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Injured miners selflessly risk their health to support their families and to supply all of us with energy. It's not fair to deny them the coverage they need after an injury or illness acquired at work.
If you're worried that you can't afford a lawyer, don't be. At Monheit Law, we offer free consultations and we only ask for payment if we win for you.
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Can Miners File Personal Injury Claims?
In most cases, Pennsylvania employees are prohibited from suing their workplace after an injury, even if the accident was caused by an employer or coworker's negligence. However, there are scenarios where injured miners can seek additional compensation in a personal injury claim.
If you were working as a miner on a construction site, you may have been working with several third parties who have different employers. If another worker made a careless mistake which directly contributed to your accident and injuries, you may have a strong case for a claim.
In some situations, employers can be held liable if a serious accident was caused by a blatant disregard for safety standards. If an investigation reveals serious safety violations, you and other injured miners may have a good chance of receiving additional compensation.
Mining work environments are full of various hazards which have the potential to cause injury, illness, or even death. Although safety standards have improved over the past several decades, miners are still nearly six times more likely to die on the job than workers in all other private industries. Common hazards which require compensation include:
Exposure to Coal Dust & Rockdust
Miners often contract serious respiratory illnesses after inhaling coal dust and rock dust while on the job. Rock dust is intended to protect against explosions and black lung disease, but it can cause other illnesses, such as silicosis, asbestosis, and pneumoconiosis. These illnesses all qualify for benefits, and you may even qualify for compensation if you've only discovered a respiratory illness after leaving the mining industry.
Miners occasionally asphyxiate on hazardous gases while working in enclosed spaces. Additionally, these gases could become ignited and cause a fire or explosion.
Miners are at risk of permanent hearing damage or loss, due to the loud noises made by mining equipment. Hearing issues are eligible for benefits under Workers' Comp, and possibly Social Security Disability, depending on circumstances.
Cave-Ins & Rock Falls
Miners may become crushed when the roof of a mine caves in, or when there is an avalanche of rocks. This can lead to serious debilitating injuries, and in some cases result in paralysis or death.
How Can A Lawyer Help?
Our dedicated work injury lawyers can help injured miners earn every bit of compensation that they're entitled to. We can assist you with all of the important steps you should take after a work injury, including:
- Gathering all of the evidence and documents you need for a claim
- Negotiating with the insurance company
- Filing a successful appeal if your claim has been denied
- Helping you apply for Social Security Disability benefits
- Representing the families of miners killed in accidents
- Determining if you have grounds for a personal injury claim
It's best to act quickly after a work accident so that you can begin recovering as soon as possible. Don't hesitate to contact us today to schedule a free consultation.