Mining Accident Lawyer in Macon
Mining is one of the most dangerous industries in America, and any injury suffered as the result of a mining accident can have extensive repercussions, as can many of the life-long illnesses miners suffer. Mining companies will offer workers’ compensation benefits, but the amounts may not – and usually don’t – cover the costs of medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering.
Nelson & Smith attorneys have extensive experience with all types of personal injury cases, and we make it a priority to measure every detail of our clients’ cases. We work diligently to analyze every aspect of a mining accident case to ensure no avenue of compensation is forgotten. Insurance companies will typically attempt anything they can to avoid paying out insurance claims, but we know how to handle them and how to obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Even with safety regulations and laws protecting miners, working underground is a dangerous business. Miners must have properly maintained and effective equipment, and mining companies need to ensure their employees are adequately trained to do their work as safely as possible. The mines themselves should always be evaluated for stability and safety. Small structural defects quickly become deadly hazards. Some of the biggest dangers of mining include:
- Cave-ins. A miner trapped underground due to a cave-in may not only suffer serious physical injuries and long-term health issues, but also the severe psychological toll of weathering a cave-in. Miners caught in a cave-in may die or suffer serious wounds.
- Dangerous gasses. Mining companies employ several methods to ensure their employees are not exposed to hazardous gasses and fumes. The most commonly-encountered gas in mines is methane, which can cause violent explosions. Miners that survive an explosion may suffer lost limbs, severe burns, bone fractures, and any number of other serious injuries.
- Poor ventilation. Hazardous gasses and coal fumes accumulate quickly in enclosed spaces, and they require adequate ventilation. Effective ventilation must be carefully constructed and maintained. Exposure to harmful gasses can cause serious respiratory issues, brain damage, or other long-term health issues.
- Mechanical failures. Mining equipment must be inspected for manufacturing quality and reliability, and regular maintenance checks must be executed thoroughly. Faulty equipment that directly causes an injury leads to the manufacturer, the company, or any inspectors to potentially be held liable for the damages.
In any personal injury case, proving negligence is paramount in securing a fair settlement. If the mining company disregarded the surrounding environmental hazards and a cave-in occurs, they neglected their duty of care to provide their workers with a safe working environment. Poorly maintained equipment or ventilation may be the result of negligence from the inspectors or maintenance personnel.
Product liability may also play a role in a mining accident case if faulty equipment was involved. The manufacturer must ensure all their products perform to specification and are accurately described to their buyers.
The mining company could also be considered negligent if they did not adequately train their employees or rushed construction in a dangerous area. A methane explosion or leak may also damage the surrounding environments or harm nearby populations. Disregarding public welfare and that of their employees will almost certainly qualify as negligence on the part of the mining company.
Mining accidents are harrowing for anyone involved. If you’ve been injured by a mining accident, the repercussions can last a lifetime, and it’s vital to have competent, compassionate legal counsel to navigate your case. Any personal injury case will have several variables to consider, but mining accidents require careful consideration. Don’t suffer the consequences of a mining injury alone; if you or a loved one has been injured, contact the legal professionals at Nelson & Smith to begin reviewing your case.