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Workers' compensation: Man dies after coal mining accident

Despite improved safety procedures and technology over the years, coal mining accidents continue to occur in Kentucky and other mining locations throughout the world. Fortunately for miners, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits in the event employees are injured. Sadly, one family in another state may be filing a claim after their loved one was fatally injured in a mining accident.

The worker was in an underground mine moving equipment when a large piece of the mine wall came loose and hit the man. Apparently, co-workers were nearby when the accident occurred, because they were able to offer first aid until the mining company's medical team could arrive. The mine employs a medical team with licensed emergency medical technicians available for accidents. The victim reportedly talked to his co-workers the entire time they attended to his injuries.

The mine's medical team had hope that the miner would recover from his injuries. They saw no evidence that miner's injuries might have been fatal and chose to transport him to a medical facility by a company ambulance for further evaluation and treatment. Sadly, the man was suffering fatal injuries and died during transport. An autopsy will be performed to determine his cause of death, and it will likely assist in the investigation as regulatory agencies work to understand how the accident occurred.

Unfortunately, coal mining is a dangerous profession despite field advancements and safety procedures. Families who lose a loved one due to a work accident like this man's are typically able to file a workers' compensation claim for death benefits. Many families find it beneficial to have a Kentucky lawyer who is familiar with the complicated workers' compensation system advocating for them throughout the claims process as they grieve the loss of their loved one.  

Source: trib.com, "Medics did not suspect life threatening injuries before Wyoming miner died, company says", Heather Richards, Sept. 29, 2017

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