Mine worker allegedly cut from workers’ compensation benefits

Raleigh County, West Virginia resident and mine worker Thomas Arlan Elmore filed a lawsuit against Panther Creek Mining LLC, Blackhawk Mining LLC, and Tony Osborne—all mining operators in Kanawha County—on Thursday, October 20 in Raleigh Circuit Court. The claim was that they had failed to provide him with reasonable accommodation and that they had cut off his workers’ compensation benefits following a workplace injury.

According to the lawsuit, Elmore, who had been a miner since 2006, acquired work-related injuries at the American Eagle mine on January 8, 2016. He then asked for reasonable accommodations and medical and financial support. He then started receiving workers’ compensation benefits immediately after that.

Elmore claims that he was fired from his job on April 1, 2016 and that his benefits program stopped on April 30, saying that his company retaliated against him and violated his rights to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

Our attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC have been serving workers who have been injured in Raleigh or other areas in North Carolina by helping them obtain their much-needed workers’ compensation benefits. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (919) 851-3311


Employee hurt in workplace accident claims coal business is guilty of wrongful termination

Lincoln County, West Virginia resident Jeremiah Adkins filed a wrongful termination lawsuit on Tuesday, October 4 in Raleigh Circuit Court against Summersville-based Elite Coal Services LLC, claiming that the company terminated him after he applied for workers’ compensation benefits when he got injured during a workplace accident.

According to the complaint, Adkins was fired from employment at Elite Coal’s Allen Powellton mine on May 9, 2015 after he filed for a workers’ compensation claim when he said he got injured while performing his job duty.

Adkins wants his former company to pay for his attorneys’ fees and court costs, damages, reinstatement to his job, plus all the relief that the court deems appropriate. He seeks a trial by jury.

Being injured at your place of work can be overwhelming, especially since you now have to worry about where to get money for your daily expenses aside from worrying about your physical condition. If such a mishap happened to you in Raleigh or other areas in North Carolina, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance from our attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC by calling our offices today at (919) 851-3311.


North Carolina’s injury and illness rate falls to historic low

North Carolina’s workplace injury and illness rate has fallen to a historic low for private industry. In 2015, the state had about 2.6 cases per 100 full-time workers, which is a drop from 2.7 in 2014. North Carolina’s numbers remain below the national average.

North Carolina Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said the state’s injury and illness rate declined by 51% (5.3 to 2.6) over the past 15 years. “The record-low injury and illness rate is a credit to the employers and employees of our state. Safety is being embraced by management as well as those on the front lines who are performing the state’s most dangerous work.”

The 2015 injury rate for the construction industry dropped to 2.7 per 100 full-time workers, down from 3.3 in 2014 and below the national rate of 3.5. For the manufacturing industry, the 2015 rate did not move, but it remained at 3.3, which is below the national rate of 3.8.

In the event of a workplace accident in Raleigh or another area of North Carolina, seek the legal assistance of our attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC by filing a workers’ compensation benefits claim. Call our offices today at (919) 851-3311 to get in touch with lawyers who can help your situation.