Pennsylvania – October 28, 2020

Authorities on Wednesday were investigating after a man died in a central Pennsylvania coal mine.  The thirty-seven year old man was struck by a rock about 1,000 feet below the surface in Williamstown Mine #1 on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Fellow miners were able to lift him to the surface, but police said his blunt force injuries were too severe and he died at the scene.  Loved ones should contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney for assistance.

Work-related fatal injury.

When an individual dies in a work-related accident, Pennsylvania law provides workers’ compensation death benefits for eligible dependents. The benefits are meant to replace a portion of the decedent’s income to his or her surviving family members and help pay for medical, funeral, and burial costs. When a person is fatally injured on the job, family representatives  should hire the services of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney, who can assist with a claim for monetary damages.

Injuries may be caused by an accident, or event that results in a physical injury, a medical condition caused by repetitious use of a body part, or conditions associated with the workplace environment itself. A lawyer can deal with the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Claims Division  on a client’s behalf. Family members should contact experienced attorneys shortly after an accident, at Scanlon & Wojton, to give them an opportunity to research the case before an insurance company makes a low settlement offer.

Wrongful death case building.

Experienced injury attorneys will build a strong case by sending investigators to the accident scene; reviewing police reports, witness testimony and medical reports; hiring appropriate financial experts to make valuations of loss; determining the cause of the accident; supporting victim’s rights against aggressive insurance companies; and drafting and filing complicated insurance and legal documents.  There are specific legal actions that can be filed by heirs of a decedent and personal representatives of an estate.. In Pennsylvania, family members, or legal representatives must file a wrongful death legal action to secure compensation when a loved one dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of another.  A Pennsylvania personal injury attorney can assist in the recovery of damages that may include:

  • Medical bills and treatment,
  • Funeral and burial expenses,
  • Lost wages compensation,
  • Compensation for pain and suffering,
  • Punitive damages based on the individual case.

Seek legal counsel.

Call an accident attorney in the Pittsburgh area to assist in the determination of  “fault” and move forward with a legal proceeding to address the wrongful death loss.  An experienced accident lawyer at Scanlon & Wojton will fight for your rights and is familiar with workers’ compensation regulations that will impact a case outcome.

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275




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