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Suit Filed Against Wyoming Coal Mine for Injured Worker

Feb 24, 2011

The Spence Law Firm, working in association with the Michaels & Michaels law firm in Gillette, Wyoming, has filed a complaint against Wyoming corporation Western Fuels-Wyoming, Inc., (owner and operator of the Dry Fork Mine) and two of its employees.

The complaint alleges that the mine failed to provide proper medical care for a Campbell County, Wyoming worker who was seriously injured in the Dry Fork Wyoming coal mine.

The case was filed on behalf of Shawn Cunningham, who suffered serious injuries after the mine supervisors refused to provide medical care for his severely lacerated finger, and instead attempted to glue his injury shut with industrial super glue (LOCTITE) and hid the injury from MSHA safety regulators. The complaint states claims of willful and intentional conduct against the co-workers, alleging they intentionally prioritized their aversion to reporting lost time accidents over timely providing and/or allowing professional medical attention.

Negligence claims and other counts are also being brought against the mine employer, which fired Shawn Cunningham the day after he filed for Wyoming workers compensation benefits, in violation of public policy.

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