Gas Drilling Accidents FAQ

How do gas drilling accidents occur?

Gas drilling accidents are very common in the natural gas fields and oil fields of West Virginia. Powerful and dangerous equipment is required to drill for natural gas, for example, and this machinery can wreak havoc if it is not properly maintained, or malfunctions due to a manufacturer defect. Also common as a cause for gas drilling accidents is due to the negligence of coworkers who may be overtired from working long hours, may also be under the influence of an illegal substance, or may just be experiencing a bout of complacency at the worst possible time. A serious gas drilling accident is always one bad decision away.

What types of injuries can occur in a gas drilling accident?

Both serious and superficial, any number of different injuries can occur in gas drilling accidents. Lost limbs or appendages, head and brain injuries, and others are commonly sustained by oil and gas field workers throughout West Virginia. Also common are burn injuries that occur as a result of chemical spills or explosions and fires that may occur while drilling a new well or maintaining an existing one.

How can I get compensated for my well site injuries?

Workers' compensation benefits should be available to all oil and gas workers who experience a gas drilling accident injuries. In some cases, however, employers will go to great lengths to avoid paying out for well site injuries, leaving injured employees with insurmountable debt. Powerful teams of attorneys are also at the disposal of many employers involved in oil and natural gas drilling, and thus it is critical to employ your own legal representation in order to have a legitimate opportunity at success in achieving those settlements and verdicts that will leave you feeling secure and adequately compensated.

Should I consider hiring an attorney to represent me?

The support of a highly-skilled gas drilling accident attorney is absolutely essential for any measure of success in the pursuit of financial compensation. An accomplished lawyer can draw upon previous court experiences to first determine the likelihood of success in your case, and can also create the right approach that will give you the best chance at finding success against those responsible for your injuries.

Where can I find quality gas drilling accident injury support in West Virginia?

The Fitzsimmons Firm is an established legal group that has served the needs of injured West Virginia oil and natural gas workers since 1978. The firm has brought many serious personal injury cases to successful court verdicts or settlements, some of which have even resulted in a change in the law itself. Featured in such forums as GQ Magazine, Reader's Digest, ESPN, HBO Real Sports and others, the firm is well-known for their success, and in prevailing in lawsuits against large and powerful organizations.

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