Posted On: April 21, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

29 West Virginia Coal Miners Dead after Explosion

A deadly explosion in a West Virginia coal mine claimed 29 lives - the worst U.S. mining disaster in a generation. According to this article on Philly.com, the death toll makes it the worst U.S. coal mining disaster since a 1970 explosion killed 38 in Hyden, Kentucky.

Investigators are looking into the blast that officials said may have been caused by a buildup of methane.

The mine’s owner, Massey Energy Co., was repeatedly cited for problems with the system that vents methane and for allowing combustible dust to build up. On the day of the blast, MSHA cited the mine with two safety violations — one involving inadequate maps of escape routes, the other concerning an improper splice of electrical cable.

The families of these victims would be well advised to contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can carefully examine the incident to identify any negligence or wrongdoing. An experienced attorney would also look into a “third party claim.” These are claims that are filed against parties that are not the worker’s employer. It could be a contractor, a sub-contractor, or even the manufacturer of a defective product. If it is determined that one of those parties was responsible for the accident and any injuries, then they could be held liable.

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.

Whether your injury was a simple slip and fall, or involves serious injuries, Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano can help you. These dedicated Pennsylvania injury lawyers will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work and more.