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Widow Files Suit against Joy Manufacturing for Husband's Development of Severe Form of Black Lung

Hartley & O'Brien, PLLC, along with Gianola, Barnum, Bechtel & Jecklin L.C. recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit for the family of a 54 year old coal miner who died as a result of Progressive Massive Fibrosis (PMF), also known as Complicated Pneumoconiosis.

From 1977 until 2012, the miner used equipment inadequately designed, manufactured, sold, distributed and repaired by Joy Manufacturing company at the Catenary Mine in Eskdale, West Virginia and the Patriot Coal mine in Morgantown, WV. The defective devices resulted in unsafe working conditions which created an unacceptable level of coal and rock dust.

Named as defendants are Joy Manufacturing Company, Joy Technologies, LLC, Joy Global Underground Coal Mining, LLC Catenary Coal Company, LLC, and Patriot Coal Corporation.

Click here to read the complaint.

Rita Svonavec, Indiv. and as Admin. of the Estate of Gregory Svonavec v. Joy Manufacturing Company, et al., Marshall County, W. Va. Circuit Court Civil Action No. 15-C-208.

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