There are plenty of written and unwritten rules when it comes to handling a coal mining case. The best lawyers in West Virginia are going to have experience with the state and federal regulations and laws, experience investigating wrongful deaths, and experience with the coal mining communities. So, what am I saying is the most important aspect when choosing an attorney to represent your family in a coal mining case? Experience.
What does a bad coal mining attorney look like? Well, I’d have to say the opposite of everything I just stated; people who have very little experience, who’ve never been down in a coal mine themselves with the experts to learn about what happened, people who don’t do this on a regular basis. They are the attorneys who don’t have the expert witnesses on hand and don’t know the rules and regulations because they haven’t been studying them for the past thirty plus years. Those aren’t the folks to choose.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a widow come up to me after a trial and say, “Boy, I wish I’d had you as a lawyer when my husband got killed.” It’s really heartbreaking. When I inquire as to how they choose their lawyer, I usually get the response that “so and so” told me to choose him (“so and so” usually being a brother-in-law or relative). You can’t base one of the most important decisions of your life on what “so and so” tells you to do. You’ve got to do your research and ask lawyers to detail their experience with cases like yours. If you call The Segal Law Firm, I won’t hesitate to give you a long list of experience with coal mining cases, my knowledge of the industry, and what I can do to get you the damages you deserve.
You won’t be talking to a paralegal, secretary or trained monkey; you’ll be talking to me! You need to ask me the hard questions. I want you to know what it takes to be one of the best, what kind of experience you have to have. I have been doing this for over thirty years and I don’t mind taking time to talk to a widow or her adult children and making sure they understand the road ahead and how I can guide them. I understand that this is a horrible time in their lives. These coal mining accidents are blindsiding. I’m here to talk to a loved one or neighbor, if that’s what it takes to get the message to the family.
If you’re still wondering what it takes to be a good coal mining attorney, you can always check out my website. There you’ll be able to meet some of my past clients, widows, who are in a situation similar to yours. Let me be clear: these are not paid actresses, polished up models or substitutes. These are real widows who have agreed to share their experience with you so that you can pick the right lawyer. And I think any solid attorney should be willing to share those stories with you so that you can hear straight from the mouths of someone who has walked the road before you. And as I’ve said many times before, you can call me at The Segal Law Firm at 855-344-9100 to talk to me personally and get your case on the right track.