Coal mining is historically one of the most prominent industries in West Virginia and other Appalachian states. Many miners come from a long line of relatives who have worked in the mines for generations. It is not unusual for industry giants to try to make sure coal mine accidents do not become public knowledge. Recently, a victim used the remainder of his life to speak out for himself and other workers who have suffered injuries or death in coal mines.
One of the most common dangers faced by miners is called black lung. Coal mines often have poor air quality and limited ventilation. Long-term exposure to coal dust can cause respiratory damage that often results in suffering or death.
The man had worked in coal mines for decades when he was diagnosed with advanced black lung. Even with modern medical advancements, little can be done to help a suffering victim. The man supported his family by holding various positions in the mines, and he was even tasked with keeping fellow miners safe by trying to prevent cave-ins.
As it became clear that his condition would likely result in death, the mineworker took his own experience public. He hoped that calling attention to the suffering of hard-working miners would lead to change that could help prevent similar illnesses for other miners. When the man sadly succumbed to his condition, fellow miners attended his funeral and showed appreciation for his efforts to prevent others from suffering from a similar death.
When West Virginia workers become victims of coal mine accidents, legal action may be appropriate. If an employer fails to keep workers safe, a court may hold the company responsible for a hard-working miner’s suffering and injury. In many cases, an attorney familiar with coal mine accidents can help a client seek legal justice against the party at fault.