Knoxville, TN – UPDATE: Gerald Turbyville Killed in Mine Collapse at Nyrstar Immel Mine

Knoxville, TN - UPDATE: Gerald Turbyville Killed in Mine Collapse at Nyrstar Immel Mine

Knoxville, TN – UPDATE: Gerald Turbyville Killed in Mine Collapse at Nyrstar Immel Mine

Knoxville, TN (July 19, 2021) – Federal officials have identified the man who was killed in a fatal Knox County mine collapse that also left two others injured last week.

A preliminary report from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety & Health Administration identified the victim as 68-year-old Gerald Turbyville. He had worked more than a decade at the mine. Two other miners were also injured in the collapse, which occurred at the Nyrstar Immel Mine on Tuesday, July 13. Those workers were transported to a local hospital, though one worker has since been released.

Turbyville, a scaling operator, was killed when he was hit by a falling rock. The mine was reportedly issued three citations in the week leading up to the fatal collapse, and the collapse marked the second deadly incident at the Nyrstar Immel Mine this year. Cody Maggard, a 26-year-old underground chute puller, died in February at the mine.

Officials with the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration are conducting an investigation into the incident and have not released further details.

Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Gerald Turbyville. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Work Accidents in Tennessee 

Knoxville, TN - UPDATE: Gerald Turbyville Killed in Mine Collapse at Nyrstar Immel MineAlmost 60,000 workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by Tennessee’s employers in just one year alone, resulting in an incidence rate of almost 3 cases per 100 workers. Unfortunately, workers and their families pay the price in these situations.

Thankfully, victims and their families can seek legal recourse. A personal injury lawsuit entitles those affected by these incidents to compensation for pain and suffering, which is something that’s not available under a simple worker’s compensation case.

With a personal injury claim, victims may seek financial recovery for all of the damages they have sustained, including things such as lost wages, diminished earning capacity, medical costs, anticipated medical costs, lifelong disability, and beyond. The benefits available through Tennessee worker’s compensation, which, at its core, is nothing more than an agreement between labor and business owners, are extremely limited.

For these reasons and more, it’s important that you safeguard your legal rights. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident, the Tennessee personal injury attorneys at Fox & Farmer are here to help. We have the skill and determination that you need in your corner to receive the full sum of the monetary recovery to which Tennessee state law entitles you. 

With a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of the state’s judicial system, our experienced accident attorneys know how to construct a profitable Tennessee personal injury claim. We are well-versed in state law and have worked hard to earn our esteemed reputation as one of the foremost law firms in the area. Our legal team is proud of the valuable experience we have gained during the course of our careers, and we are proud to protect the legal rights of our clients.

If you were recently injured by the carelessness of another party or lost a loved one as a result of an accident, then we firmly recommend that you meet with a dedicated personal injury attorney. Please call (865) 531-9400 at your earliest convenience and book an appointment for a free legal assessment in Tennessee. We are ready to help you in your time of need and provide guidance on the next steps you should take based on your circumstances.

Notes: The incident described in this post was created through the use of outside sources. Those sources include but are not limited to local police and fire department accident reports, news reports, newspapers, state police bulletins as well as eyewitness accounts about serious accidents that occur in the Knoxville and Tri-Cities area in Tennessee. The details surrounding this specific accident have not been confirmed by our writers at Fox & Farmers Attorneys at Law. If you find any information that is incorrect, please let us know so that we can update the post to include the most accurate information available. If you would like the post to be removed from our website, please let us know and we will remove the post promptly. 

Disclaimers: Fox & Farmer Attorneys at Law has been a family firm since 1987. We have worked very hard throughout the decades to help people who have been injured in serious accidents. We hope that by writing these posts that we will bring awareness to the dangers of driving in and around Knoxville and the Tri-Cities area. We want to remind our fellow community members to slow down and use caution when operating a motor vehicle so they will avoid being involved in a serious accident. This news post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. Any information provided should not be considered legal or medical advice. The picture used in this post was not taken at the accident scene. 

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