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Family members may suffer as well in fatal coal mine accidents

Many mining companies consider the safety and health of employees to be a top priority. However, there are some inherent risks involved within this field, and although less common than previous years, coal mine accidents continue to pose a serious threat. A recent accident in a mine in West Virginia reportedly resulted in the eighth mining death of the year in the U.S.

According to reports, the incident took place sometime before 9 p.m. on a recent Tuesday. A 32-year-old man was apparently involved in an accident while operating a continuous miner, and unfortunately, he died in the process. Although officials have reportedly initiated an investigation into the incident, no information was given as to what may have caused it to take place.

Woman and son awarded $15 million in products liability claim

Certain prescription drugs may have side-effects that a patient in West Virginia might want to be aware of before using them for treatment. However, in some cases the manufacturer of the drug might fail to inform doctors, or even patients, of any potential risks that could be involved. A woman in another state was recently awarded $15 million in a products liability lawsuit after her son suffered birth defects in relation to a drug she was taking while pregnant.

The woman was taking the medicine to treat bipolar disorder while pregnant, and claimed that neither she, nor her doctor, was informed of the risks involved. Her son, who is now 10, was born with birth defects as a result. The company AbbVie has apparently been the target of numerous claims under similar circumstances concerning the drug Depakote over recent years.

Fatal pedestrian accidents can lead to wrongful death claims

With warmer weather closing in, individuals in West Virginia and elsewhere might choose to walk from place to place for a variety of reasons. Whether to save on gas prices or just for enjoyment, this means of transportation offers numerous benefits, but there could be some safety concerns. Although crosswalks and traffic lights can increase pedestrian safety, accidents do occur. Many of them are catastrophic, and some result in civil claims for wrongful death.

A recent accident took the life of a woman who was apparently out walking on a recent Thursday night. According to reports, she was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street at an intersection. Upon arrival, emergency responders noted that she was lying in a crosswalk, and that she died shortly after the accident. The driver apparently told authorities that she noticed something in the road, but was unable to react in time to avoid  a collision.

Pursuing restitution following fatal motor vehicle accidents

Collisions in West Virginia and across the country have claimed the lives of numerous individuals over the years. Motor vehicle accidents are often tragic and are in some cases the result of the negligence of one or more drivers. A recent collision involving three cars left one person dead, while police are reportedly in search of another party involved in the incident.

According to police, a driver ran a stop sign and initiated a three car collision at an intersection. Four people were taken to the hospital shortly after the incident, and one of them reportedly died some time later. Police claim that the person who appears to have caused the accident fled the scene and has not been located so far.

Coal mine accidents in West Virginia see fourth death of the year

A mining accident in the heart of West Virginia has apparently resulted in the fourth mining death of the year in the state. Although these incidents might be fewer and farther between than recent years, coal mine accidents still occur far too often. These events are tragic and have left countless families to grieve over lost loved ones throughout the years.

The 44-year-old man who was killed in the incident was apparently a shuttle car operator at the mine. The accident reportedly occurred just under an hour before midnight on a recent Thursday while the man was operating an electric locomotive. There was no indication of the exact cause of the incident, and officials have advised that it is currently under investigation.

Pursuing financial relief following fatal coal mine accidents

Individuals who work in the mining industry are often required to work in and around heavy equipment on a daily basis. When coupled with potentially unstable and/or hazardous areas, the danger to the health of a minor could increase significantly. Although companies in West Virginia take precautions to protect employees, preventing all coal mine accidents can be challenging. A recent incident at a mine in another state resulted in the death of a man after a 100-foot fall.

According to reports, the 62-year-old man had worked in the mining industry for over 20 years. At the time of the incident, he was apparently operating a 100-ton haul truck when it suddenly fell over the side of a 100-foot ledge. Although there was no indication of the exact cause of the accident, it was asserted that an instability in the ground may have been a contributing factor.

Working alone could increase risk of fatal coal mine accidents

Miners in West Virginia often face various dangers while operating alone. Recent reports have listed at least five fatalities since the beginning of the year, two of which involved coal miners. Coal mine accidents may occur less frequently than in previous years, but even one death may be considered one too many. Companies in West Virginia and across the country may soon be in need of revisions regarding solo operations in accordance with the policy initiated by the Mine and Safety Health Administration (MSHA).

This policy has declared that working alone in a hazardous environment is a risk to the health of miner. It states that no miner should be assigned or even allowed to work alone under these circumstances. Despite the policy, five miners have died under these conditions, prompting the MSHA to raise awareness of the dangers involved in operating under similar circumstances.

Wrongful death: Heroin possibly a factor in fatal accident

The influence of drugs and/or alcohol can significantly reduce a person's ability to safely operate a vehicle. Individuals who choose to drive while impaired can jeopardize the safety of everyone nearby. Accidents that occur under similar circumstances often end in catastrophe. A recent crash in West Virginia resulted in the apparent wrongful death of a man that fell as far as 80 feet following the incident.

According to authorities, the accident took place on a bridge on I-64 and involved two semis and three cars. One of the cars was reportedly pushed over the side of the bridge, subsequently falling more than 80 feet before hitting the ground. According to the family, the driver of the car suffered traumatic brain injuries and has since passed away.

Flawed defibrillators may lead to products liability lawsuits

Companies are responsible for the manufacturing and testing of a multitude of medical devices each year. These devices are used to assist in the treatment of various medical conditions and are often crucial to the overall health of a patient. If one of these devices is defective, the subsequent harm to person's health can be catastrophic. If a company in West Virginia fails to warn a patient of possible defects, it could soon be facing a products liability lawsuit.

Recent reports of battery issues in defibrillators issued by Abbott, a medical device maker, have raised numerous concerns. Abbott in question continued to ship the devices even after allegations of rapid battery depletion. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, these issues were discovered prior to the shipment of several defibrillators, even after a recall for the devices had been issued.

Collision involving tractor-trailer leads to wrongful death of 4

Many companies across the country use tractor-trailers to transport materials from place to place. These particular vehicles have numerous capabilities, from the ability to carry heavy loads to the possible capacity of storing and transporting frozen goods. However, there is a possible downside to the size of similar vehicles, with collisions involving a semi often ending in catastrophe. An accident in West Virginia under similar circumstances recently led to the apparent wrongful death of four individuals in a minivan.

Authorities have indicated that there were four people inside the van at the time of the collision, two adults and two children. According to reports, the truck was traveling south when the driver apparently lost control and crossed into oncoming traffic. The truck hit the minivan before overturning and apparently bursting into flames. All four people in the van were pronounced dead following the crash.

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