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November 2014 Archives

1968 West Virginia mine explosion results in class action suit

On Nov. 20, 1968, an explosion in a Marion County coalmine cost 78 miners their lives. Now, on Nov. 6, a complaint has been filed by two individuals on behalf of the estates of all of those miners killed in the Farmington No. 9 mine disaster. They are suing Consolidation Coal Company and the estate of the mining company's chief electrician. The suit alleges that he intentionally caused a fan alarm system to become inoperable.

Who can be held liable for wrongful death?

In West Virginia wrongful death cases, people whose negligence causes the death of another person may be held civilly liable to the family members of the victim. If the person whose negligence caused the injury was working for his or her employer in the course of his or her job at the time of the accident, the employer may also be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Judge orders former doctor to pay $44 million in suits

On Oct. 31, a Putnam Circuit Court Judge signed orders finding a former medical doctor civilly liable for $44 million in suits by 13 individuals. Amounts varied in each case. Many of the judgments were default judgments. The former physician was found to have performed negligent surgeries, surgeries for which he wasn't qualified, improper surgeries, unnecessary surgeries and surgeries without obtaining consent, as well as improperly using medical equipment.


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