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West Virginia coal miner dies in fatal workplace accident

A West Virginia miner, who was in charge of operating a shuttle for other miners going underground and then returning to surface, died when the vehicle he was traveling on hit some object that was made of steel. While the injured worker was taken by life-flight to a nearby hospital, he died from head injuries shortly thereafter. State authorities will continue to investigate this accident.

This is not the first time in the recent past that the mine operator has had a fatal accident happen on its watch. Just last year, another miner died in a fatal accident, which did not happen too far from where this most recent tragedy occurred.

After a deadly workplace accident, a West Virginia family may not know exactly where to turn for help. After all, in addition to the emotional fallout from their loss, the family may also be trying to figure out how they are going to make ends meet and pay bills without the financial support of their lost love one.

While workers' compensation benefits may be available after a fatal workplace accident, those benefits are often simply not enough to cover all of the family's lost income. Moreover, workers' compensation generally will not cover any of a family's emotional losses, such as pain and suffering or loss of companionship.

So, although workers' compensation is a good start for grieving families to get financial assistance, sometime after a workplace accident, the family will need to explore other options for recovery. For instance, through a third party liability claim, a family may be able to hold other responsible parties accountable for the accident.

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