Gas Explosion Injury Lawyers in WV | Robinette Legal Group PLLC

Experienced, Successful Gas Explosion Lawyers: We Don't Get Paid Until You Are Paid. Morgantown, WV Gas Drilling Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyers representing those injured and the families of those who have been killed in West Virginia as a result of explosions, mechanical failures, fire and burn injuries. Mr. Robinette has over 25 years of successfully representing the seriously injured and their families, member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

West Virginia Oil and Gas Well Injury Lawyer | Explosion Injuries Attorney

West Virginia workers have a long-standing tradition of working hard in spite of dangerous and exhausting conditions. Just as our coal miners have always faced the potential of industrial tragedies, oil and gas drilling workers are also experiencing similar tragedies resulting in serious permanent and fatal injuries from gas explosions.

Injuries common to the oil and gas industry include severed fingers, broken bones, foot injuries, burns, toxic chemical exposure, disfigurement, and traumatic brain injuries.

These injuries often cause pain, suffering, medical treatment and the resulting bills, lost earnings, long-term financial losses, loss of companionship, and funeral expenses if the injury results in death.

Wrongful Death Caused By Explosions

Smoke From a Gas Drilling Explosion

Burn injuries from explosions are some of the most painful injuries a person can ever experience, but often gas and pipeline explosions prove to be deadly.  Proximity and blocked exits are most often the cause, injuries compounded and treatment delayed by nonexistant or ineffective evacuation plans.

When a family member, husband, father, or son is seriously injured or dies, the family suffers tremendous harm.  In addition to the grief of losing a loved one, family members will be greatly affected financially, especially if the loved one who was killed was the family's primary provider of income.

In such cases, the family may file a wrongful death claim against the company and/or the manufacturer to hold the at-fault party accountable for medical costs and losses, present and future.

An Overview of Explosion Injuries

It only takes a spark to set off an explosion which may cause tragic, life-altering injuries and death. In many cases, a negligent company or employee is directly or indirectly responsible for causing the conditions that led to the explosion.  Operator error, safety hazards, negligence, or pure carelessness, and lack of supervision are often the cause of workplace explosions.

Explosions can be broken down into four categories:

  • Electrical: a high energy arc which rapidly vaporizes insulation and metal.
  • Chemical: caused by heat or shock which decomposes or rearranges with extreme rapidity, causing large volumes of extremely hot gas.
  • Mechanical: occurs when pressurized heated gas produces the rupture of a vessel or container.
  • Nuclear: an explosion due to the result of the rapid release of energy from a nuclear reaction.

A recent example of the danger associated with gas and oil drilling occurred in an August 17, 2012 accident when a newly developed gas well exploded in Harrison County, WV, sending three workers to the hospital with severe injuries.

Explosion Burn Injuries

Even so, West Virginia anticipates great economic growth potential as this industry develops.  Not only are thousands of jobs being created, this homegrown energy could possibly eliminate some, if not all, of our dependence on other countries for our energy needs which increases our national security.

Natural gas extraction in West Virginia also has great potential for export as well -- liquefied natural gas (LNG) can be shipped overseas creating a global market for distribution and sale, as well as the potential for West Virginia to leverage its natural resources to produce high value products resulting in reversal of energy dependence and increase in national security. With the addition of an ethane cracker plant as well as new pipelines and transportation corridors, the opportunity also exists for West Virginia to re-emerge as a center of chemical manufacturing yielding billions of dollars in economic impact for West Virginia.

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 your injury was due to faulty equipment or a negligent contractor, you may be entitled to seek additional monetary compensation from that third party.

West Virginia Drilling Injury and Explosion Lawyer

If you or your loved one has been injured due to negligence or willful violation of safety regulations in the workplace, it is important to act quickly to protect your claim. Mr. Robinette has handled hundreds of cases involving serious injury and wrongful death and can provide the insight you need right now.

Call Jeff Robinette today for a free evaluation of your case at 304-594-1800 or after hours, 304-216-6695.

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