Grief can cause many hardships in the lives of surviving loved ones. If a death occurred unexpectedly, as many do, individuals may have an even more difficult time coming to terms with their losses. If coal mining accidents lead to the deaths of workers, their family members may not only struggle emotionally but also financially.
One family may be feeling such hardships after a recent accident in West Virginia. Reports stated that an electrician working in a coal mine was involved in the incident while working underground. While apparently working on a machine, the man was hit by a coal rib roll. It was unclear what may have caused this incident to occur. Reports stated that it happened at approximately 4 a.m.
The man suffered fatal injuries as a result of the accident. It was unclear whether he died at the scene or whether he succumbed to his injuries later. He was reported as being 52 years old. Additional information on the incident and the man's exact injuries may become available at a later time. Both the state governor and a U.S. senator offered their condolences in relation to the tragedy.
The family of the man killed in this West Virginia accident will likely struggle for some time to accept the fatal event, as many individuals affected by coal mining accidents do. Though their emotions may run high during this time, they may want to consider how they could potentially address the financial challenges this incident may also cause. Information on workers' compensation benefits for surviving family members as well as other legal avenues for pursuing compensation may prove useful to them.
Source: wsaz.com, "Man killed in W.Va. mining accident", Feb. 6, 2018