One person died during a recent incident that is said to have occurred in a West Virginia mine. Fatal coal mine accidents can be devastating incidents that could leave surviving loved ones facing a variety of challenges in life. In addition to the emotional grief of such a loss, the financial issues a sudden loss of income may bring can also be difficult to manage and while a family may be eligible for relief through various sources, some might not be fully aware of how best to approach the situation.
According to reports, the incident took place as the man was performing job-related duties within the mine on a recent Monday afternoon. Officials indicated that he was working to repair a belt line when the accident occurred. Although many of the details as to what took place remain unclear, officials say that the incident caused the man to suffer fatal injuries and pass away at the scene.
Officials also noted that an investigation into the incident is underway and state that it marks the fourth coal mining death of the year in West Virginia. Such an incident may not only leave family members grieving over an unexpected loss, but it can also have an impact on an entire mining community. While the thoughts and well-wishes of others may act to comfort surviving loved ones on some level, there might be other issues that continue to be a concern.
Families who lose loved ones in coal mine accidents may wish to pursue financial relief through the workers’ compensation insurance system, but the process can be complex. Fortunately, a person in West Virginia doesn’t have to go through this process alone and by speaking with an attorney, he or she could gain much needed insight into how best to proceed. An attorney can examine the incident and assist a client in seeking the full amount of compensation achievable through every applicable source.