Common Injuries & Illnesses Prevalent in the Coal Mining Industry

Despite advances in technology, coal mining remains one of the most dangerous professions in the world. Miners frequently suffer fatal and non-fatal injuries and illnesses that are relatively foreign to the private industry.

Statistically, 4 out of 100 coal miners suffer non-fatal injuries each year. Unfortunately, this statistic isn’t precise because coal miners often don’t report their injuries and overlook opportunities for workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, many employees avoid reporting occupational injuries or pursuing workers’ compensation benefits because they are unfamiliar with the complicated claims process.

However, not seeking necessary medical attention or compensatory benefits has led to exacerbated and potentially fatal symptoms for many miners. If you have been injured due to an occupational hazard as a coal miner, it’s essential that you pursue workers’ compensation benefits. The financial aid may compensate you for any lost wages and ultimately facilitate your recovery process.

Injuries and illnesses are commonly caused by:

  • Being struck by objects or equipment
  • Falling to lower levels
  • Being compressed by objects or equipment
  • Oxygen deficiency
  • Controlled and uncontrolled fires or explosions
  • Being exposed to dangerous substances

Coal miners work long hours and often experience ventilation problems, mine wall failures, vehicle collisions, suffocation, and gas and chemical poisoning. This poisoning is often caused by toxic substances and harmful materials including: asbestos, fuels, solvents, welding fumes, metal dust, etc.

Injuries and illnesses related to coal mining include, but are not limited to:

  • Occupational lung diseases
  • Dermatologic conditions
  • Psychological disorders
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Silicosis
  • Neurotoxic disorders
  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Occupational cardiovascular diseases
  • Hepatitis B and C

Pursue Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Contact Odegaard Braukmann Law, PLLC if you require legal counsel or are interested in filing for workers’ compensation benefits. We have over 70 years of combined legal experience and can help you navigate Montana’s complicated workers’ compensation system. It’s not unusual for insurance companies to deny initial claims, but it’s important you don’t give up! Our Montana workers’ compensation attorneys can represent your case and negotiate on your behalf.

Call Odegaard Braukmann Law, PLLC at (406) 640-4441 to schedule a case evaluation.

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