Logging Accidents

West Virginia Workplace Injury Attorney

Wolfe Law Firm was founded by Dorwin J. Wolfe to defend the rights of accident victims. Located in Elkins, our West Virginia law firm is especially cognizant of the numerous logging accidents that injure and kill workers throughout the state. We work diligently to ensure injured workers and their families recover the compensation they deserve.

Logging Accidents

The logging industry is vital to West Virginia’s economy. Logging is also one of the most consistently dangerous jobs in the United States. The fatality rate for loggers is over 21 times higher than the overall fatality rate in United States. West Virginia loggers continue to face these dangers without complaint. More than 7 out of every 1,000 loggers in the state die on the job each year. Nearly 300 suffer injuries far more severe that those found in other industries, even those involving explosives and demolition. Typical injuries require an average of 23 days away from work. This can be especially difficult for workers making an average of $400 per week.

Logging Accident Causes

Logging begins very early in the morning and continues through punishing weather. Loggers are also pressured to make up work missed due to inclement weather. Some of the most common causes of reported injuries include:

  • Slip or fall from trees
  • Uneven, slippery terrain
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Hit by snagged branches
  • Struck by tree, part, or log
  • Saw, axe, chainsaw injuries
  • Lack of training, supervision
  • Skidder and tractor accidents
  • Far distance from medical care
Safety Awareness and New Federal Rules

A study by the West Virginia University College of Law revealed that state statistics underestimate safety problems in the logging industry. State rules only require that one member of each crew attend a four-hour training session. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued new rules requiring more training for all loggers, especially when assigned new work, tools, equipment, machines, vehicles, or in cases of unsafe work performance. Sadly, employer training leaves room for neglect. Workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries sustained at work. They may also receive damages from a Mandolidis claim if they were “deliberately” exposed to dangerous workplace conditions by the employer.

Workers’ Compensation for Injuries

Recent studies indicate that many logging injuries go unreported. Census reports show twice as many loggers in West Virginia as the Workers’ Compensation Administration reports. This shows that a large portion of loggers are not required to pay in to the program. Many companies simply fail to comply. Operators often employ unskilled, non-union workers who fear losing their jobs. Covered workers are similarly pressured to refrain from filing claims. But logging continues to expose employees to constant risks of injury, illness, and death. Working with a skilled attorney can vastly improve the odds of demonstrating a compensable workplace injury. Benefits include compensation for medical care, income from missed work, disability, and death.

Wolfe Law Firm Helps Loggers Recover Compensation

If you were injured in a logging accident, contact the experienced West Virginia personal injury lawyers at Wolfe Law Firm today. Although an attorney is not required to file a workers’ compensation claim, working with a skilled professional can vastly improve your chances of having the claim approved. Attorneys also help you avoid costly procedural errors that result in early denials or delay of benefits. The Wolfe Law Firm can also assess whether the employer’s misconduct entitles you to additional damages from a Mandolidis claim. The blatant non-compliance and wanton recklessness of many logging companies make them liable, even if the worker is already covered by workers’ compensation insurance. To redress your serious medical needs and lost income, call (877) 637-5756 or contact us online.