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Recent mine accident claims the life of Boone area worker

People who live and work in West Virginia understand how dangerous the world of coal mining can be. Workers can easily be severely injured or even killed in a number of ways. The work involves big machinery, which can be dangerous. There's also the potential for a cave-in, toxic gases or injury from someone else's tool. While safety precautions are required, including protective head gear and training for heavy machinery operation, accidents still happen with alarming frequency. Most recently, a worker at a coal mine in Boone County on Tuesday, June 13 claimed the life of a worker.

The employee was only 32 years old. He was operating a machine called a continuous miner at the time of the incident, which happened shortly before 9 PM. Osborne was an employee of Rockwelll Mining, LLC, and was working at Gateway Eagle Mine. There is currently an ongoing investigation and the mine in question is on hiatus until the investigation is complete. Other miners around the state continue to report for work every day, knowing that they are taking a risk every time they come to work.

Workers' compensation is important after a coal mining accident

While it may be a cold comfort to those whose loves ones have died on the job, workers' compensation provides coverage for families after a workplace fatality. The dependents, including children or spouses, may receive the same amount of compensation that the worker would have received in case of permanent, complete disability due to a work injury. A spouse will receive benefits until he or she remarries. Children will receive benefits until the age of 18 or 25 if they are in school full time. Disabled children may receive benefits for the rest of their lives.

Losing a loved one to a mining or machinery accident is the worst nightmare of many people. While no amount of money can offset the loss of losing a parent or spouse to a coal mining accident, workers' compensation can help ensure that you can pay your bills after your primary wage earner's accident. You should speak with an experienced West Virginia workers' compensation lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.

An attorney can help navigate workers' compensation

Workers' compensation can be a difficult program to navigate. Especially when you're grieving, it's easy to make small mistakes or put off filing a form. A lawyer can ensure that you're receiving a fair and reasonable amount of compensation after the work-related death of a loved one.

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