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    Shaffer & Your Industrial or Mining Accident: Do You Need Financial Relief in WV?

    If you worked in a dangerous workplace in West Virginia—coal mines, timber producers, chemical plants, assembly lines, warehouses, or more—and you suffered a serious injury on the job, you may be entitled to greater compensation than you realized.

    Many job injuries fall under workers’ compensation coverage in West Virginia. That’s probably the first path you went down. Under workers’ comp, you usually cannot sue your employer for higher compensation. Your medical treatment and lost wages are usually limited to what workers’ comp pays.

    But you may have another option besides workers’ comp.

    Some injuries caused by an employer result from more than simple negligence and qualify as personal injury claims. These cases must meet a higher legal standard.

    Now you can seek more damages—including for future medical costs, future lost earnings, and pain and suffering compensation—than what you get from workers’ comp. These are called “deliberate intent” cases. They are difficult and complex cases which require experienced attorneys.

    Workers like West Virginia’s coal miners and other industrial workers have been the backbone of America for generations. You do hard, dangerous work to provide a good living for your family and keep the economy running for everyone. When an injury disrupts your life, you deserve every available resource to get back to steady ground.

    You deserve to team up with a strong West Virginia industrial accident lawyer: Shaffer & You.

    Shaffer & Shaffer law firm has a history of helping West Virginians for more than 115 years. Our Charleston and Madison attorneys have more than 200 years of combined legal experience.

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    A man sits on a couch, blanket over his legs, studying papers in one hand as he puts his other hand, holding a pen, to his chin. West Virginians can get help determining if they have an industrial accident legal claim.

    When You May Not Realize that You Have an Industrial Accident Claim

    Another situation at work may give rise to a personal injury claim for your accident on the job—and you might not even know it.

    First you need to remember that workers’ comp law, which entitles you to workers’ comp benefits, usually protects your employer from being sued for your injuries.

    But if you were injured because of the negligence of someone else, such as a contractor visiting your job site who’s not an employee of your company, you could have a personal injury claim against them.

    It could be an engineer who committed professional negligence, a landowner who owned the property where you worked, or the manufacturer of faulty equipment you were using, like a malfunctioning coal press.

    The best way to find out if you have a case due to the behavior of a “third party” besides your employer is to have an industrial and mining accident lawyer ask the right questions.

    These cases are complicated. If you win personal injury damages, you likely will have to reimburse some of your workers’ comp benefits. Shaffer & Shaffer can help you navigate these complicated laws and regulations.

    But if you’re possibly going to be living for the rest of your life with the fallout from your injury, you should pursue whatever gives you the maximum financial help.

    Whether it was mining accident, logging accident, construction accident or another injury at work, let Shaffer & Shaffer move you forward.

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    Have a Question about Personal Injury Claims?

    After a life-altering accident, you’re understandably upset, confused and full of questions. To help you get a sense of what’s next, we’ve prepared answers to common questions about personal injury claims and other legal cases.

    Injury FAQs »

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