Coal mining accidents can impact the lives of many people all at once. When a mine collapses or a shaft closes, it can block off the workers inside and make it hard for them to get help, food or water. For those who are injured, it’s near impossible to get the medical care they need, leading to more serious injuries due to the wait time.
Coal mining accidents happen for a number of reasons including methane explosions, coal stockpile collapses or falls. Burns, coal miner’s silicosis or pneumoconiosis are also possible injuries workers could suffer form. Each of these accidents or injuries can be hard on a person and could lead to disabilities or death.
After a serious injury takes place, the family of the victim and the victim him or herself must deal with the emotional, physical and financial toll of the injury. There are many costs to consider, from the expenses related to medical care and therapy to those for traveling and treatment from specialist facilities. With the worker no longer being employed, finances can become strained for some families, which is why seeking out workers’ compensation is so important.
In the long term, those who have been injured might suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or other life-altering conditions that need ongoing medical care. It’s the job of workers’ compensation to accommodate those who have been injured by covering the cost of medical care and providing income to those who can’t return to work. Workers may also be entitled to disability payments or other benefits due to suffering an injury on the job. Our website has more information on the steps to take when you’ve been injured.