Mining has always been a fundamental part of West Virginia’s economy. In fact, 43 of our 55 counties have mineable coal. Coal companies pay nearly $2 Billion in annual payroll in West Virginia alone. We cannot forget, however, that over 16,000 violations were written by West Virginia Mine Health Safety and Training (WVMHS&T) inspectors in 2009. And these violations, far too often lead to injuries and death of West Virginia miners.

The lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner have worked for coal companies and against coal companies. We know the business and we know the bottom line too ofetn affects worker safety. While Don Blankenship faces federal charges for willfully violating safety protocols, the results of those charges cannot bring back the miners who lost their lives in the Upper Big Branch disaster. If you or a loved one is injured or killed in the mining industry, you need to talk to the lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner.

The lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner have been been recognized as Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, Best Lawyers in West Virginia, National Top 40 Under 40, National Top 100 Lawyers, and Goddard & Wagoner has been recognized as a Top Law Firm by U. S. News & World Report. If you or a loved one is injured or killed in the coal business, call (304) 451-3500 for a free consultation.