The growth of the Marcellus Shale industry in Pennsylvania 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 type 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 SMA Law Group can help you investigate the cause of the accident and fight for the damages owed to you and your family.
Our Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyers provide free case evaluations and never collect fees unless we win your case.
Our workers compensation attorneys can help you fight for the maximum in damages owed to you or file a personal injury claim against a third party.
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:
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 party 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.
The person or party responsible for you or your loved ones’ injuries should be held accountable. Our experienced work site injury attorneys can help determine fault by thoroughly investigating the accident by going to the worksite to talk to witnesses and gather relevant details.
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.
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:
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.
Our goal is to help you get the best possible outcome and maximum compensation so that we can make a positive difference in your life. Call our personal injury lawyers today.
Call 412-765-3345 for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys are available by phone, email or in-person.
Our Pittsburgh Lawyers believe in aggressively representing our clients while maintaining the personal compassion needed when counseling clients through difficult situations and navigating a complex legal system. Contact us today.