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Man sues Coal-Mac over work-related head injury

State Court

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 7, 2019

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LOGAN – A Coeburn man is suing the operator of a Holden coal mine alleging negligence after he was injured on the job.

Plaintiff Charles Bower alleges was performing contractor work for defendant Coal-Mac on June 30, 2017, under the direction of one of its employees and was working under a bulldozer when an equalizer bar struck Bower in the head, according to a complaint filed in Logan Circuit Court. The suit states the incident occurred at the defendant's Holden No. 22 surface mine.

Bower alleges he was wearing the proper protective equipment but was still knocked unconscious and sustained serious injuries.

Bower is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He is represented by D. Blake Carter Jr. and David A. Bosak of Bailey Javins & Carter in Charleston and Paul R. Thomson III of The Thomson Law Firm in Roanoke, Virginia.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Eric O'Briant.

Logan Circuit Court case number 19-C-80

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