Pennsylvania coal miners know that two miners in Colorado were pronounced dead after suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning on Nov. 17. The two deceased workers were identified. One was 34 years old, and the other was 59 years old.
At approximately 7:20 a.m., the Ouray County Sheriff’s office was notified that miners had been trapped underground. That afternoon, rescuers confirmed that the miners were deceased.
Authorities were still investigating the accident that occurred at the Revenue-Virginius mine at the time the report was released. However, they had ruled out mine collapse and an explosion. A blast was being investigated as being a potential factor. In addition to the two deceased individuals, 19 other miners were transported to a nearby hospital. Only four remained in medical care. Their condition was listed as fair.
Working in mines can be incredibly dangerous. In addition to a potential collapse of the mine itself, workers also often face carbon monoxide gas and other workplace hazards. In most cases, employees have the ability to seek benefits from workers’ compensation in the event that they suffer from a workplace injury.
In some cases, however, the insurance company responsible for providing workers’ compensation benefits may deny the claim or attempt to settle for a figure that is less than what the family or the injured individual needs. Even if the claim has already been denied, an attorney may help their client demonstrate that they were indeed injured while working on the job. In addition, the attorney may also demonstrate the full impact of the injury. They may then negotiate a larger settlement with the insurance company.
Source: USA Today, “2 killed, 19 injured in Colorado mining accident“, November 18, 2013