Coal Mining Accidents: Asking Your Attorney the Hard Questions

Coal mining is no joke. It’s one of the most dangerous and aggressive jobs that exist and, because of this, we see a lot of coal miner accidents here at The Segal Law Firm. If you’ve been hurt on the worksite, you’ll want to find a lawyer right away who has experience in the industry. Your attorney has to have extensive knowledge of the work environment, the industry and must have tried several coal mining cases in a courtroom.

Coal mining is a very heavily regulated industry. When a worker gets hurt in a deep mine or surface mine, there are many rules which have most likely been broken by the company. Usually, this involves putting profit ahead of worker safety. It could be the company itself or the subcontractor, but I can assure you that in the vast majority of the cases we see, we find that federal rules and regulations have been violated. This violation may have resulted in a coal miner being maimed or killed. At The Segal Law Firm, we pride ourselves in knowing what those rules are and where to start looking for answers. We use some of the best experts in the country who can look at the accident with us and help us get the most money we can to help our client. If you have a lawyer who isn’t experienced with these regulations, they won’t be able to get you the money you deserve.

Not only must your attorney understand coal mining and your case, but they’ve got to be able to explain it in its entirety to a jury and a judge. They have to know how to get it through the system. When you come to The Segal Law Firm with a case, we want you to ask us the hard questions. What do you know about about how my mine should’ve been operated? What do you know about strip mining and the equipment? I’ve handled dozens upon dozens of cases where the main violation was a failure to maintain the equipment properly. The poor coal miner’s out there and his equipment breaks down or does something it isn’t supposed to and now he is injured for life, unable to work to support a family. Your attorney has to know what to say to a jury when explaining the rules and regulations.

Even in the safest conditions, coal mining is a dangerous gig. If someone doesn’t quite grasp that, they may think we are just greedy lawyers trying to pick on the coal companies. That could not be further from the truth. These companies ask men and women to go into the bowels of the earth to do extremely high-risk work and if they say I’m a little bit stringent about them following the rules, well, then so be it! These miners work day in and day out to keep our lights on in this country and they deserve to be protected. It’s critically important when choosing an attorney to press them on the types of coal mining cases they’ve done. If you come to The Segal Law Firm, I can guarantee we will have the answers for you so that you can decide if we are the right lawyers for you and your family. Give us a call if you have questions at 855-344-9100.