Mining Accident Lawyer
Mining operations play a crucial role in modern society. Unfortunately,
even though modern technology and strict mine safety regulations have
drastically reduced the number of mining accidents, these accidents still
occur. The incidence of occupational exposure diseases such as “black
lung” have also decreased but new cases are diagnosed each day.
On this page the mining accident lawyer at the
Doan Law Firm provides an introduction to mining accidents and occupational exposure
diseases. He then explains how a mining accident lawyer can assist the
victims of these accidents.
Mining operations are broken down into two major categories: “underground”
and “surface” mining.
In the US, coal mining operations account for most of the output of underground
mining operations, with salt and precious metals ores accounting for all
but a few percentage points of the rest. According to the Mine Safety
and Health Administration (MSHA) there were
9 deaths in underground mining in 2016 (the most recent year with complete data
- Powered Haulage Accidents (3 deaths)
- Machinery Accidents (3 deaths)
- Fall/Collapse of Rib Accidents (2 deaths)
Although there were 9 deaths due to underground mining accidents in 2016,
there were thousands of non-fatal injuries that were serious enough to
require medical attention and caused the injured miners to miss at least
one day of work. Of these accidents, there were undoubtedly hundreds of
injuries that resulted in temporary or permanent disability. Furthermore,
although mine health and safety regulations have drastically reduced their
occurrence, mine workers are still at risk of developing lung disease
and cancer due to their exposure to coal dust and toxic gases.
Some type of surface mining can be found in every state and can range from
10-foot gravel pits to strip- and open-pit mines that cover hundreds of
acres. Surface mines are economically feasible when large amounts of coal,
ores, and minerals are located close to the surface. Products of surface
- Precious metals (gold, silver, platinum)
Surprisingly, there are more above-ground mining accident fatalities than
in underground mining even though surface mining has been traditionally
thought to be safer. In part, this is due to the use of larger explosive
charges as well as the use of large trucks and loaders. According to data
collected and analyzed by the MHSA, there were
17 surface mining deaths in 2016.
- Power Haulage Accidents (4 deaths)
- Machinery Accidents (4 deaths)
- Falling Materials (2 deaths)
- Inundation (“drowning,” 2 deaths in the same incident)
- Blasting Accidents (1 death)
As is the case with underground mining, surface miners are at risk of developing
a number of chronic diseases as well as cancer as a result of exposure
to dust and other byproducts of surface mining operations. The most frequently-encountered
of these occupational exposure diseases is a condition known as silicosis.
Silicosis is the result of exposure to fine-grained “dust”
containing silicone, a major component of the earth’s crust and
found in its high concentrations in sand, quartz, and granite. Silicate
dust is frequently created in the surface mining of granite and may cause
acute respiratory failure or, more commonly, a chronic form of lung disease
that is similar to the “black lung” disease of coal miners.
There is even some evidence that family members of “hard rock”
miners may also develop symptoms of silicosis as a result of breathing
silicate dust attached to a worker’s clothing.
The Role of a Mining Accident Lawyer
Modern technology and strict safety regulations have reduced, but not eliminated,
both underground and surface mining accidents. In fact, these measures
have proven so successful that the occurrence of a mining accident is
often taken as an indicator that negligence must have occurred!
In order to successfully represent mining accident victims, a mine accident
lawyer must have a thorough knowledge of each state’s :
- State-specific regulations for underground and surface mining operations
- Each state’s rules and procedure for filing a lawsuit
- Time limits under which a lawsuit must be filed (Statutes of Limitations)
- Workman’s compensation laws and appeals
As you can see, mining accident lawsuits can be very complicated and will
require the services on an experienced mine accident lawyer. One such
mining accident lawyer can be found at the
Doan Law Firm, a nationwide personal injury and wrongful death law practice with offices
in major cities throughout the country.
contact our mining accident lawyer to discuss your potential mining accident lawsuit, your initial consultation
with out firm is always free of any charges to you and does not obligate
you to hire our firm as your legal representative. If you decide that
we should act as your law firm in your mining accident lawsuit, we are
willing to assume responsibility for all aspects of preparing your lawsuit
for trial in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of the final settlement
that we will win for you.