Mine injury leads to lawsuit

By Melody Dareing | Mar 31, 2014

BECKLEY -- A couple is suing four coal companies relating to a workplace accident.

Justin and Ashlee Wright, both as individuals and as guardians of their three small children, filed a lawsuit March 10 in Raleigh Circuit Court against United Coal Co. L.L.C, Affinity Coal Co. L.L.C., Pocahontas Coal Co. L.L.C. and Metinvest B.V., citing negligence.

The lawsuit states Justin Wright suffered an injury after he was struck in the knee with a come-along while working in the Affinity Mine in Raleigh County.

The couple is seeking damages to cover medical bills, injuries, both temporary and permanent injury, psychological injuries, fear, humiliation, annoyance, loss of physical health, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of income and earning capacity, loss of value in employment benefits, disability, compensatory and punitive damages, loss of homemaker services and lost consortium, plus court costs.

The Wrights are being represented by Soctt S. Segal of the Segal Law Firm. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Robert A. Burnside.

Raleigh Circuit Court Case No. 14-C-212-B

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