Widow Sues Coal Mine for $65 Million ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Widow Sues Coal Mine for $65 Million

The widow of a coal miner killed in an underground roof collapse at the Stillhouse Mine No. 1 in Cumberland, Kentucky (AUG05) is suing five companies in Virginia for more than $65 million. Claudia Cole is holding Black Mountain Resources, Harlan Resources, Stillhouse Mining, Cumberland Land Corp. and Cumberland Resources Corp. responsible for the death of Russell L. Cole, accusing the companies of negligence. According to the lawsuit, miners on foreman Russell Cole's shift were working in a mine area where there was a crack in the roof. The suit also accuses the five companies of not ensuring that the mine was in line with state and federal safety laws, and of failing to adequately train their employees on placement of roof supports. Cole's attorney Tony Oppegard says, "From Claudia's perspective, she is seeking justice for her family. She wouldn't take any money if she could have her husband back."

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