Have You Been Injured? We're Ready to Fight for You.

Overnight Harlan County Mining Accident Kills One Miner

Published on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:42 am in Work Injury.

According to Surfky.com, a mining accident in Kentucky’s Harlan County has claimed the life of one miner. The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) reports that the 32-year-old Kentucky miner was killed while working near the community of Blair at the Timber Tree Mine, which is owned by Parton Brothers Mining. The worker was repairing a canopy, the protective covering over a shuttle car, when the canopy collapsed. The tragic accident was reported around 5:40 a.m. and no one else was hurt. The Harlan County Coroner confirms that the victim suffered blunt force trauma to the head and chest as a result of the collapse.

An investigation is being conducted by the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing. This is the first mining fatality in Kentucky for 2012.

Mining is certainly one of the more dangerous industries a person can work in; however, workplaces accidents are far too common and can happen anywhere. With more than 3 million recorded cases in 2010 of workplace injuries and illnesses according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), it is imperative workers understand they have legal rights when injured on the job. Oftentimes, workplace injuries are the result of defective products or malfunctioning equipment, or even the negligence of third parties. In the case of the above accident, it is possible that a negligent contractor cut corners during construction or constructed the canopy with substandard materials.

Kentucky work injury attorney Tad Thomas is dedicated to helping workers pursue the compensation they need to recover from a devastating workplace accident that was caused by a negligent third party. Attorney Thomas has extensive experience handling personal injury cases and works to ensure that those injured because of another party’s negligence receive the compensation they need to get back on their feet.

Meet Your Team

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

Free Case Evaluation

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys recognize that our potential clients are likely going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We don't want you to have to worry about paying out-of-pocket for legal advice when you're just starting to learn your legal rights and options. That's why we provide free case evaluations. We'll offer our expert advice about your potential case and walk you through how we can help you.

Call us or fill out the form below to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Legal & Firm News

Multi-Vehicle Accidents: Who Pays for Chain Reaction Crashes?

You’re driving down the road on your way to work in heavy traffic. Everything seems standard for your morning commute until you’re sideswiped by a passing vehicle and subsequently rear-ended by the car behind you when you brake. Emergency responders arrive at the scene, and you’re treated for your injuries and told to follow up […]

Read More

5 Questions to Ask During a Free Case Consultation

If you’ve been injured in an accident and are looking to pursue compensation from the at-fault party, you may not know where to turn. Fortunately, personal injury lawyers can help accident victims file a strong claim that proves a monetary award is owed.

Read More

How to Stay Safe Around Pools This Summer

As we’re now just past the Fourth of July holiday weekend, summer is in full swing. With the 2021 heatwave affecting most of the continental U.S., pool owners all around the country are taking full advantage of their backyard oases to beat the heat. Those without pools looking to take a dip in the water […]

Read More