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Coal Mine Accident Attorney in West Virginia

A coal mine accident is often accompanied by a number of high costs, and the most devastating of these is when lives are involved. Structures and equipment are things that can be repaired and replaced, but the skill of a miner is often generations in the making. Despite tough safety laws and other important improvements, as one of West Virginia’s largest industries, the state continues to lead the U.S. in mining accidents and issues, such as:

  • Rib Rolls
  • Roof Falls
  • Structure Collapse
  • Faulty Equipment
  • Bulldozer / Milling Equipment
  • Explosions
  • Truck Accidents
  • Disregard of Safety Laws
  • Safety Hazards
  • Mine Liability Disputes
  • Land / Soil / Water Contamination

Fox Law Office, PLLC helps those who have been involved in a coal mine accident, whether it is due to a structural issue, such as collapse or explosion; an equipment failure, such as a mechanical defect or a truck accident; and when lives are negatively impacted due to health and safety rules not being followed, which could relate to bodily harm, chronic health conditions, and even untimely death.

Experienced Attorney for Injured Coal Miners in West Virginia

Attorney James Fox has advocated on behalf of injured coal miners for more than 30 years, and our office is dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients and their families. It is our business to know the potential safety hazards that miners are exposed to every day. Our legal team members have, unfortunately, become experts in recognizing what happens to the rights of individuals when companies place profit ahead of safety laws, regular maintenance, precautions, and common sense.

Coal miners carry a family heritage of skill into the mine with them. Miners work hard for a decent wage and to provide for their families. They sometimes feel forced to accept dangerous conditions, almost as part of the job. While not every injury can be prevented, it helps to have your serious work-related injury reviewed by someone with the legal knowledge to assess your on-going situation.

Coal Mines, Injured Miners, and Safety Laws (Federal and State)

Fox Law Office, PLLC handles legal claims for injured miners who work above and below ground, performing a number of associated jobs, in coal mine operations all across West Virginia:

  • Federal No. 2
  • Hobet 21 Surface Mine
  • Loveridge No. 22
  • McElroy Mine
  • Robinson Run No. 95
  • Twilight MTR Surface Mine

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the West Virginia state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training (MHST) set the safety guidelines and monitor the standards that regulate the mining industry. Mine operators have a duty to ensure that safety standards are understood and obeyed. When training does not take place, or standards are poor, accidents and injuries can and do occur.

Fox Law Office, PLLC is a staunch advocate for our clients who work in the mining industry and have been injured. Attorney James Fox knows the laws in West Virginia and works diligently in collecting evidence to identify liability. We seek full financial recovery beyond the limits of workers’ compensation, particularly if a third party can be held responsible for the accident, injury and/or death.