Injured in an Oil and Gas Accident?
The growth of the Marcellus Shale industry in Pittsburgh has created many jobs in our community. But with those added jobs comes the unfortunate risk of accidents through the extremely dangerous process of hydraulic fracturing and drilling of flammable gas.
If you or your loved one has been injured or killed from a Marcellus Shale fracking accident or other types of gas/oil drilling accident or explosion, you should understand your rights under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. You may also be eligible to take action against any party you feel may be at fault for the accident.
The experienced Marcellus Shale injury attorneys at SMT Legal can help you investigate the cause of the accident and fight for the damages owed to you and your family.
Types of Accidents Caused by Oil & Gas Drilling
Oil and gas drilling is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Besides working very close to highly flammable substances and toxic chemicals, there are often other risks associated such as faulty heavy machinery, truck accidents and falls from steep heights.
Even with the proper security measures in place and a highly skilled team of workers, accidents happen. Our attorneys are experienced in handling the following types of accidents:
- Chemical Explosions and Fires
- Heavy Machinery
Types of Injuries Suffered From Marcellus Shale or Gas Drilling Accidents
Mining for gas and fracking of natural gas can cause different types of accidents leading to many types of injuries. Our personal injury attorneys are experienced in recovering damages for the following:
- Injuries from Chemical Explosions or Fires
- Gas Explosion Injuries
- Toxic Chemical Inhalation
- Second and Third Degree Burns
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Eye Injuries
- Brain Injuries or Head Trauma
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Who Is at Fault in a Marcellus Shale or Gas Drilling Accident?
It may be challenging to prove who was at fault for your accident because many companies may be working on one job site together at the same time. Your employer, an equipment or tooling manufacturer or other third parties may be at fault. In addition, property owners or landowners of gas well sites could also be held responsible. The many parties involved, or their insurance companies, may blame one another for the accident, not accepting fault for their own negligence. They may even try to offer a small settlement to avoid lawsuits.
Because Marcellus Shale is such a new industry, it is possible that many safety measures are overlooked or that companies are using unsafe drilling practices. Companies may not provide employees with the proper safety equipment or tools needed, nor employ adequate safety measures.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection inspects drilling operations, but there is little government oversight as to employing safety measures for employees of the companies drilling or fracking. Safety violations may not have been broken because they do not yet exist, but that does not mean that someone should not be held responsible.
Accidents caused by hydraulic “fracking” of marcellus hale or any other type of oil or gas drilling can leave victims physically impaired and cause prolonged pain.
We will conduct a thorough investigation into your injury to determine who was a fault. We know when to negotiate, when to go to court and how to get you money for your injuries. There is no fee in simply talking to us and we do not collect a fee unless we win money for you.
Pittsburgh Oil and Gas Injury Attorneys
Gas drilling and Marcellus Shale fracking injuries can be extremely tragic and even fatal, destroying a person’s life or entire families. Our work injury attorneys are compassionate to your situation and we understand how frustrating it is to deal with medical bills and insurance companies and claims after a serious injury or death of a loved one.
We want to relieve some of that stress and worry by doing everything possible to get you the money you deserve for injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering. We have a team of lawyers, investigators, and field experts who work together to build a strong case for our clients. Contact our work injury lawyers today.