Although the U.S. has made strides in workplace safety over recent decades, thousands of people still lose their lives in workplace accidents every year. In fact, an average of 150 people died due to workplace injuries or job-related diseases every single day. Many of these injuries and fatalities are preventable.
Many fields of work are inherently dangerous. Coal mining, construction, farming - these are among jobs that come with safety risks. Employers in these and other industries, however, are required to ensure that the workplace is no more dangerous than necessary. Any preventable safety hazards must be mitigated. When employers or subcontractors neglect such responsibilities, lives are on the line.
When your life has been turned upside down by a sudden and serious injury, you naturally have plenty of questions about how the insurance claims process and court system work. In essence, you want to be informed so that you can make wise decisions and be fairly compensated for your injuries. We have answers for you.
"Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty. Without, we have no other fortification against being ridden like horses, fleeced like sheep, worked like cattle, and fed and clothed like swine and hounds." (John Adams, Lawyer and American Founding Father)
The year has just begun, but West Virginia has already sustained its first fatal mining accident of 2014. According to a news report, a 20-year-old man died Thursday at about 9:10 p.m. in a mining accident in northern West Virginia. The man was employed as a general laborer at a mine in Tucker County.