Mining, by its very nature, is a hazardous occupation. The atmosphere underground is often filled with potentially hazardous particles and gases are a source of constant danger. Explosives sometimes have to be used and if the correct precautions are not taken it can be perilous. Conditions are frequently cramped and unpredictable, with miners often operating heavy machinery. Even with the latest technology and improvements in safety, accidents can and still do occur. If you are a miner who has suffered an injury in your working environment, you might ask: “Can I claim for a mining accident?”
We at Accident Advice Helpline are a personal injury law firm, which has staff experienced in dealing with mining accident claims. Our specialists are aware of the types of injuries suffered in the mining industry.
Accidents in mines can be caused by roofs collapsing or explosions, which in turn can lead to head trauma, burns and other serious injuries. With conditions being so cramped accidents involving machinery are also more likely.
The very nature of the job means that miners are more prone to diseases such as pneumoconiosis, emphysema, vibration white finger and hand-arm-vibration syndrome, and noise induced hearing loss.
If you are a miner who has suffered an injury at work you may well be able to make a mining accident claim. By contacting our experts we will be able to determine whether you have grounds for seeking compensation.
When making a mining accident claim, the person or persons responsible for causing the accident have to be identified. Even though the industry you work in is renowned for being dangerous your employer does have a legal responsibility for your health and safety. This means you should have received suitable safety equipment to wear underground. Your working equipment must have been properly maintained and you should have been adequately trained on how to use it. There should also have been provision for you to avoid manual handling operations that pose specific dangers wherever that is possible.
If your employer has failed to meet these health and safety obligations the company could be deemed to be liable, and you may be able to make a mining accident claim against it. If you are at all unsure about the answer to the question, “Can I claim for a mining accident?” it is still in your own best interest to seek legal advice, which you can do by contacting us at Accident Advice Helpline.
A mining accident could very well have serious implications for you, your family and your loved ones. By making a claim you will be seeking compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the accident, loss of earnings, any medical and recuperation expenses and, if necessary, the cost of on-going care.
If after careful consideration we feel that you have grounds for a claim following a mining accident we will be happy to represent you. We will consider your case and provide you with the best advice available without you having to pay any upfront fees. This means you will be able to initiate a claim for the compensation you are entitled to, regardless of your individual financial circumstances.
To discuss your mining accident claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 1, 2014
Author: David Brown