What Kind Of Mining Injuries Qualify For Workers’ Comp?
Any injury or illness related to your work duties qualifies for workers’ compensation. This includes accidental injuries in addition to occupational illnesses and injuries which slowly develop over time. Mining is dangerous work, and these brave employees willingly face hazardous conditions every day.
Common mining hazards include:
- Cave-ins and collapses
- Gas explosions
- Respiratory diseases from inhaling toxins, dust, and particles
- Defective equipment
- Electrical accidents
Additionally, the physical nature of mining work can be a hazard in and of itself. Miners must frequently work from uncomfortable and unnatural positions for long periods of time and frequently repeat the same motions, which can cause wear-and-tear over time. Injuries which slowly develop due to your working conditions are eligible for the same benefits as accidental injuries and occupational illnesses.
What Does Workers’ Comp Provide?
Workers’ compensation provides financial assistance for all expenses related to your injuries, including:
- Medical care
- Approximately 2/3 of your lost wages
- Reduced earning compensation for partial disabilities
- Lump sum compensation for extremity injuries (e.g. arms, legs, hands, feet) or scarring and disfigurement
- Death benefits for surviving families of fatal work injury victims
If you’ve recently been injured at work, make sure you report the injury to your employer and receive medical attention as soon as possible. Additionally, it would be useful to consult with an experienced work injury lawyer early in the process.
What If I’m Permanently Disabled?
If your injury is severe enough to permanently prevent you from working again, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. In some situations, you may be eligible to collect both workers’ compensation and SSDI at the same time. However, your total payments cannot exceed 80% of your previous income.
Do Injured Miners Need Lawyers?
In order to recover the full compensation you’re entitled to, it’s usually necessary to have an experienced work injury lawyer. This useful both for getting you through the workers’ comp claims process and also for discovering other means for financial compensation, such as SSDI.
If your injury was caused by a third party (i.e. anyone other than a coworker or your employer), you may also have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. For example, if a piece of defective safety equipment caused you to fall and seriously injure yourself, you could potentially sue the equipment manufacturer
Mining injuries are often extremely serious and require a long and painful healing process. In order to make sure you recover as fully as possible, it’s important to make sure you recover the compensation you deserve. At Banville Law, our experienced lawyers are proud to fight for the rights of injured miners.
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