Coalville in Leicestershire, is a former coal mining area, as you might guess from its name. Coal has been mined there since mediaeval times, although, of course the coal they dug then was not from a deep mine. Whitwick colliery was the scene of a tragedy, when, in 1898, there was an underground fire which led to the deaths of 38 miners. There is a plaque in the local church commemorating the miners who died in the accident. Unfortunately for their families, in those days there were no personal injury compensation claims that could be filed if a spouse, partner or child died in an accident that could be proven to have been the fault of another person. There would have been no solicitors in Coalville who would have taken up the case on a ‘no win, no fee*’ basis either.
If you work in any of the remaining mines in the UK, or if you worked as a miner before the pits were closed, you will know how dangerous the work is, especially if you work in a deep mine. You may remember the coal mining tragedy which occurred in Turkey in May 2014, when a fire killed more than 283 miners. There were riots in the capital Ankara as protesters believed that the nation’s need for energy supplied by coal had compromised safety in the mine. It was believed that the government and mine owners could do more to limit the amounts of methane gas and coal dust that are present in mines in Turkey.
Other mining accidents are cave-ins which can kill hundreds of trapped miners, and electrocution when electrical equipment is used for drilling and so on.
Coal dust can be a killer if it is inhaled as it contains respirable crystalline silica (RCS) which builds up in the lungs over the years and causes silicosis and even lung cancer.
Solicitors in Coalville
If you are injured in any type of accident, then solicitors in Coalville, for example, may be able to help you build a case to prove that another person was responsible for the accident, not you. If you have been diagnosed with a work-related illness, or any other that you can prove was caused by another person’s negligence, you may also be able to file a personal injury compensation claim with the help of our solicitors in Coalville.
Accident Advice Helpline
Whatever the type of potential personal injury compensation claim you think you have to make, call us at Accident Advice Helpline for expert legal advice. You can call us at whatever time is suitable for you, as our lines are always open for your calls. Call us on our freephone numbers, which are 0800 689 0500 for landlines, or on 0333 500 0993 for mobiles. Why not call now for expert legal advice?
Date Published: 25th May 2014
Author: Emma Matthews