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West Virginia: Rush of Air, Dust, Debris From Explosion Satisfied “Physical” Component for PTSD Claim
Posted on 26 Jul 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

West Virginia is within the group of states that does not allow recovery of workers’ compensation benefits for mental-mental injuries [see W. Va. Code § 23-4-1f (2013)]. Affirming a decision by the state’s Board of Review, the state’s... Read More

House Committee Blames Regulators and Operator for Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by John Stahl

Better Enforcement and Safety Programs Might Have Saved Lives By John Stahl, Esq. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) conducted a March 27, 2012, hearing on the 2010 West Virginia mining tragedy at the Upper Big Branch ... Read More

WV: Alpha to Pay Over $200M in Fines, Restitution for Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster
Posted on 6 Dec 2011 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Charleston, WV - The Charleston Gazette reports that Alpha Natural Resources has agreed to pay over $200 million in fines, victim restitution, and safety improvements with respect to the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in April 2010 that killed 29 miners... Read More

House Committee Blames Regulators and Operator for Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by John Stahl

Better Enforcement and Safety Programs Might Have Saved Lives By John Stahl, Esq. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) conducted a March 27, 2012, hearing on the 2010 West Virginia mining tragedy at the Upper Big Branch... Read More

WV: Massey Energy CEO Defends Safety Record at Congressional Hearing
Posted on 21 May 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Post-Gazette reports that Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was questioned Thursday by Congressional members, repeatedly defended his company's safety record, this after an explosion at the Upper Big Branch killed 29 miners... Read More

WV: Law Firms Seek to Represent Families of 29 Miners Killed in Upper Big Branch Explosion
Posted on 14 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

CHARLESTON, WV - Law firms are reportedly approaching the families of the 29 miners that died in the recent Upper Big Branch explosion to represent them in wrongful death actions. To prevail in a wrongful death action, the plaintiffs must prove that company... Read More

WV: Massey Sues MSHA for Failure to Approve Ventilation Practices
Posted on 24 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

West Virginia - Massey Energy Co., the company that owns the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 miners were killed earlier this year, has filed a lawsuit againt the Mine Safety and Health Administration, claiming that Massey was unable to challenge MSHA's... Read More

MSHA Announces Series of Public Meetings to Bolster Transparency in Investigation of Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion
Posted on 10 May 2010 by workerscompensation.com

Arlington , VA (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced it plans to hold two public hearings, two public forums and a public comment period as part of its overall federal investigation... Read More

MSHA Defends Its Inspection Record, Says Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy Was Preventable
Posted on 19 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Joseph A. Main, the assistant secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, writes in an editorial published in USA Today that the federal Mine Safety and Health Adminstration (MSHA) conducts comprehensive inspections of underground... Read More

WV: Massey Energy to Begin Discussing Benefits Packages for Miners' Survivors
Posted on 15 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

JULIAN, WV - The Charleston Daily Mail reports that Massey Energy will begin discussing benefits packages for survivors of the 29 miners who died in the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, but it remains to be seen if the company packages will deter multimillion... Read More

WV: Alpha to Pay Over $200M in Fines, Restitution for Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster
Posted on 6 Dec 2011 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Charleston, WV - The Charleston Gazette reports that Alpha Natural Resources has agreed to pay over $200 million in fines, victim restitution, and safety improvements with respect to the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in April 2010 that killed 29 miners... Read More

WV: Massey Energy, Formerly Self-Insured, Bought Workers' Comp Insurance A Month Before Mine Explosion
Posted on 9 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

West Virginia - OpEdNews reports that Massey Energy Corp., which owns the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia where 25 miners were killed on April 5, was formerly self-insured for workers' compensation, but a month before the April 5 explosion... Read More