Emery County wrongful death lawyers settle coal mine disaster civil suits.
Salt Lake City, UT(JusticeNewsFlash.com)–In August of 2007, an area of the Crandall Canyon Coal Mine collapsed near Huntington, in Emery County, in Emery County, Utah, trapping three coal miners, reported the Desert News. The massive rescue efforts, of the disaster response teams, ended in tragedy when three rescuers died while attempting to reach the trapped coal mine workers. Lawyers, representing the families of the injured mine workers plus the miners and rescuers killed in the mine collapse and recovery efforts, sued UtahAmerican Energy Inc., Genwal Resources Inc., and several other named defendants for damages and injuries to the Utah area workers and family members. Personal injury litigators cited, the negligence on behalf of the mine’s owners, operators, and managers, led to the fatal collapse of the mine and wrongful death of 6 miners and rescuers.
Genwal Resources was the mine operator and functioned under UtahAmerican Energy, the mine’s parent company. Plaintiffs attorneys and defense counsel approved a multiparty settlement agreement. The details of the legal agreement, including compensation to the innocent victims, were not disclosed by either the plaintiff’s or defense’s litigation experts. The hardest part of the recovery for the grieving family members was the bodies of the miners, trapped inside the failed underground pit, were never recovered. Months after the mine caved, it was permanently shuttered.
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