Posted On: March 23, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Quecreek Miners’ Work Injury Lawsuits Settled

Eight miners who were trapped underground for more than three days in 2002 have settled workers' compensation lawsuits against the mine’s operator and an engineering firm that drew the maps they used when they drilled into a flooded abandoned mine.

The Associated Press reported in an article that nine miners at PBS Coals’ Quecreek Mine in Somerset became trapped in a flooded tunnel on July 24, 2002. They dug into the mine while relying on outdated maps that showed it was 300 feet away.

The men were pulled from the ground in a dramatic rescue 77 hours later.

According to a report, eight of the miners have settled lawsuits against Quecreek Mine, the mine operator, PBS Coals, and the engineering firm that certified the maps. The monetary award to the miners is confidential. The companies do not admit to any negligence.

The report also said that a second group of miners who made it to safety also sued the companies and will share in the settlement.

In November, a judge issued PBS Coals and Musser Engineering fines of $55,000 each The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration had suggested fines of $5,000 each. The companies are appealing the fines.

Many of the Quecreek miners sustained injuries on the job while they were trapped. Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential workers’ compensation claim. The injury can occur while traveling on business, doing a work-related errand, attending a required business-related social function, or even while on a break or using restroom facilities and you are still legally covered by workers compensation.

By law, it is required that every company in Pennsylvania carry Worker's Compensation Insurance in the case an employee is injured on the job, becomes ill due to circumstances surrounding their job or even if death results from their job. Benefits can include medical expenses, lost wages and death benefits. Workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania exists both as a way to benefit injured workers and as a way to protect employers. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system, which means that no guilt needs to be proved in a case; only that the injury sustained occurred while on the job.

In many workers compensation cases, the workers and their families do not receive adequate compensation for the income they lose. The experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyers of Cherry, Fieger, and Marciano will be able to look into whether there are any “third-party claims” in such cases. A third party could include a party or entity other than an employer, such as a contractor, sub-contractor, or the manufacturer of a defective or dangerous product.

Whether you have suffered slip and fall injuries in Pennsylvania or any other serious injury, Cherry, Fieger, and Marciano can help you. Call today for a free consultation.