West Virginia Wrongful Death News –– A West Virginia energy company, Massey Energy, has reached a settlement agreement with two widows of miners fatally injured in a coal mine fire in 2006, as reported by the Associated Press. Specific terms of the settlement were not provided in Monday’s announcement.
The victims, 33 year-old Don I. Bragg and 47 year-old Ellery Elvis Hatfield, reportedly died after becoming trapped in a coal mine amidst thick smoke that rose from a fire linked to a conveyer belt. The widows of the men filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Richmond based company after their January 2006 deaths.
Massey Energy Company is the fourth largest producer of coal in the United States. In the wrongful death suit against them, it was alleged that the company’s negligence and focus on profitability contributed to the deaths of the victims, whose working conditions were deemed unsafe.
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