Recently, Illinois residents gathered to share stories and artifacts relating to the Orient 2 mining disaster, which occurred 60 years ago in December and claimed the lives of 119 miners. The stories from relatives and survivors were heart-wrenching both because of the severity of the disaster, which occurred as a result of a shaft explosion, and the heroism of rescue workers, who reportedly returned time and again to search for brother miners trapped by the blast. Readers of this blog may be interested in comparing this workplace disaster with more recent workplace accidents, perhaps noting that negligence and failure on the part of inspectors is something that still causes serious injuries and wrongful death.
As readers of this blog likely know, a death that results from another's reckless behavior can cause immense frustration and grief for the family of the deceased. In such cases, families often file a wrongful death civil suit to pursue compensation for their pain and suffering. Southern Illinois residents who are considering filing a similar claim may be interested in a recent local case involving a car accident that resulted in a tragic death.
St. Clair County residents may recall the horrible car accident that took place almost four years ago when an Illinois state trooper crashed into another vehicle, killing two sisters. The incident became controversial when it was learned that the trooper was driving recklessly when his patrol car crossed the median on I-64 and resulted in a deadly, fiery crash. That car accident took place in November of 2007.
Everyone knows about workers' compensation and the fact that it is in place to protect people if they are injured on the job. It is not, however, grounds for termination of employment solely because of a workers' compensation claim. This appears to be the case for a Cahokia man who has filed a suit in St. Clair County against Amsted Rail Company.