Morgantown Natural Gas Injury Lawyer
Thousands of new jobs have already been created for West Virginians, and there will be many additional West Virginia jobs created in the Morgantown area due to the impact of the development of the oil and gas industry including employment as rig hands, roughnecks, engineers, as well as opportunities for contractors who serve the industry through drilling, pipeline construction, well service, trucking, and oil field service and supply. As the oil and gas industry grows, it is imperative that employee and community safety are the foremost considerations to prevent injuries and death.
The Robinette Legal Group, PLLC represents oil and gas drilling workers throughout West Virginia for all types of oil rig, pipeline, and gas drilling injury cases including:
- Toxic fumes exposure
- Contaminated water
- Defective machinery and equipment failures
- Collapsed rigs
- Trucking accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Electrocution/electrical shock
- Falls from heights or slip and fall accidents
- Exposure to fracking fluid, flowback, returned, produced water
The fatality rate among oil and gas workers is nearly eight times the all-industry rate for workers. Accidents happen in dangerous industries, but many could have been prevented if more training has been accomplished, greater safety measures had been in place and enforced, and if workers had not been worked hours past the point of exhaustion.
Since the severity and duration of workplace injuries which occur in the oil and gas industry are typically far worse than in other employment sectors, oil and gas drilling companies must be held accountable for doing everything within their power to prevent such accidents.
When proper training is not in place, proper safety measures are not enforced, equipment is not properly installed, maintained, and repaired, or communication is lacking, oil and gas well injuries and deaths will occur. Some dangers to these drilling industry workers include well pad explosions, fires, chemical burns, dangerous falls, objects falling on workers, head and brain injuries, back and spinal injuries, and broken or crushed hands, feet, and limbs.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), injuries to oil and gas worker most often occur off-site as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Workers are working long hours and driving long distances on rural highways to travel to well sites, and often these roads lack safety features such as firm shoulders and road side barriers. This not only puts the workers at risk, but also any other motorist on the road.
In most cases, a worker who is injured on the job will be able to receive some benefits from a Worker's Compensation claim. In West Virginia, if employer is found to have intentionally placed their employee in harm's way, resulting in serious injury or death, that employee may qualify to file a claim against the employer's insurance company. If the cause of a workplace injury was due to faulty equipment or a negligent contractor, that person may be entitled to seek additional monetary compensation from a third party.
Morgantown, West Virginia Gas Drilling Injury Lawyer
If you have questions regarding an injury or untimely death which occurred as a direct result of work in the West Virginia oil drilling industry, contact our office today for a free consultation. Jeff Robinette, the firm's founder, is a National Board Certified Trial Attorney with over two decades of experience in successfully handling claims involving workplace injury claims including coal mining injuries, gas well explosions, construction site accidents, toxic exposure, industrial accidents, and construction vehicle and work truck accidents.
Call today: 304-594-1800 or after hours, 304-216-6695.