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Mining Workplace Injuries

Injured on the job? Talk to one of our Workers Compensation Attorneys.


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Our layers at Prior, Criner & Edwards Attorneys have worked with many workers’ compensation cases involving mining-related injuries. If you need help through the claim process, or having trouble receiving benefits for your accident, we’re here to assist.

The mining industry is most active in the mountainous regions of the eastern and western United States, including North Carolina and South Carolina.

Mining is an overlooked occupation that’s actually very dangerous and can produce hefty financial bills if a workplace should occur. Typically, large mining companies have a certified physician on site to treat injuries. Smaller operations, however, may not have medical treatment readily available. No matter the case, employees should always seek treatment immediately after an accident occurs.

One of the most severe, work-related long-term diseases miners face, specifically in the coal mining industry, is Pneumoconiosis (black lung disease). This illness can develop when workers are regularly exposed to coal mine dust. The U.S. Department of Labor understands the severity of this issue, and created the Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation. The program’s mission is to provide monthly payments and medical benefits to workers completely disabled due to this disease. To qualify, you must be a present or previous coal miner who has developed black lung disease, or the widow/widower of a deceased worker.

Common Mining Workplace Accidents

Cuts. Gashes and punctures can occur when working with and around mining machinery and tools.

Fires and explosions. Mine explosions can happen, and it’s important for every mining site to have proper evacuation and safety programs in place.

Chemical exposure. When protective gear isn’t used, the risk of lung-related diseases, such as lung cancer, Pneumoconiosis and Silicosis, increases.

Lifts. Mining employees are continuously lifting heavy loads of natural resources from the earth and moving them to other locations on the site.

Overexertion. Workers at mining sites are at high risk for placing physical stress on their bodies and developing musculoskeletal disorders.


Common Mining Workplace Injuries

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Our Attorneys

Our attorneys specialize in workman's comp, personal injury, and dispute resolution services.

We have have a long history of building long-term client relationships founded on trust and mutual respect.


Frank Prior - Attorney

Frank Prior

With over 25 years of experience in civil litigation and thousands of cases mediated, Frank specializes in the fields of workers compensation and personal injury law.

Sherman Lee Criner - Attorney

Sherman Lee Criner

Sherman is Licensed to Practice Law in North and South Carolina. He has extensive education in law and the mediation practice, professional experience and impressive memberships in many noteworthy political, civic and business organizations.

Ashley Edwards - Attorney

Ashley M. Edwards

Ashley is a NC attorney and certified mediator in North and South Carolina, Ashley has represented hundreds of clients and mediated thousands of cases for attorneys, insurance carriers and private companies. 

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“These guys are awesome and care about their clients very much. I would suggest anyone hurt on the job to contact them. Cannot express my appreciation enough to them!"

Trevor P.

“Ashley Edwards genuinely cares about his clients and holds himself to the highest standards in all of his professional interactions. I am happy to recommend him to anyone who needs help navigating the workers compensation process."

Patrick H.

“Ashley has been practicing compensation law in the greater Wilmington area for 15+ years. I have often turned to him for advice and counsel. He knows the law, is trustworthy, listens to his clients, and fights to do the right thing for them. He is my first call!"

Channing E.

“Mr Edwards made my case feel like it was his most important case. He is so caring and attentive."

Renee M.

“This was the first and only law firm I contacted after being injured. Everyone there has been on point concerning my case and extremely professional. I highly recommend contacting workers comp first if injured. It will be as if it's the most important case they have and they will not disappoint. Thank you to the entire team."

Stephen H.

“Wonderful Experience under difficult circumstances. They helped me understand my rights and options under the law. Mr. Edwards took the time to help and meet with me whenever I had questions. He is highly recommended for his expert advice and service. "

Ashley M.

“This is the place to go if you get hurt on the job Ashley and his paralegal Janet are really nice and super easy to talk to and they take the time to really listen to your problems and get you the help you need and deserve."

Anthony R.

“They came out took out time to listen very smart he knows what he's talking about he heard me out and took my case under difficult sircumstances and i highly advise this is the law firm to consider."

Marlo C.

“Sherman is one of the best mediators that I know---he is extremely proficient in Workers' Compensation Law and he is an outstanding communicator. I give Sherman my highest rating!"

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“Great Experience with a caring lawyer who took the time to actually meet with me. He handled my case to the end and explained everything. Highly recommended."


“Ashley is very knowledgeable and relatable to his clients, to opposing counsel, and to all parties when acting as mediator. "

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“Ashley didn't always tell me what I wanted to hear but he always told me the truth. He is very knowledgeable and professional... I would highly recommend Ashley if you feel the need to hire an attorney. "


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