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Fatal accident in mine leads to wrongful death claim

A recent fatal accident in a West Virginia mine has led to a wrongful death claim. The man worked for Consol Energy and was killed while fulfilling his job duties. The wrongful death claim was filed against the company and two other supervising employees. There is no indication of the specific amount of money that is sought from the company due to the fatal accident.

Reports indicate that the man was hit in the head by a metal beam as he was working in a mine. At the time of the accident, he was working on re-railing a supply car in a local West Virginia mine. It is not immediately clear why the other two employees have been named in the suit or what role they may have played in the fatal incident.

Shortly after the incident, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety Administration gave the energy company citations. Any time a worker is killed or injured while carrying out his or her job duties, it is likely that there will be an investigation into the incident. It is important to determine if the accident was caused by worker error or dangerous working conditions. In the event that a company is found to have committed certain types of safety infractions, they could be fined for unsafe conditions.

When a wrongful death claim is filed, it is important to have sufficient evidence and documentation to substantiate the claims. It is unlikely that wrongful death compensation will be rewarded unless there is a clear indication of proof that the employer is liable for the fatal accident. A close evaluation of all case-related evidence can be the best way to determine all options, especially before beginning the legal process.

Source: wrtf.com, Wrongful Death Suit Filed Over West Virginia Mine Accident, No author, Jan. 24, 2014

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