Work in the oil and gas industry is well-paying but inherently hazardous. Not only is the work at oil and gas extraction sites fast-paced and demanding, but workers may lack sufficient training and are often dangerously exhausted due to the long and grueling shifts. Add in the fact that the individuals who manage these sites are often more concerned with productivity than safety and you have the perfect recipe for a gas or oilfield disaster.
If you were injured in a gas or oilfield accident caused by a worker or supervisor from another company, you may have grounds for a third-party claim for damages. This type of legal action requires you to prove the defendant's negligence but allows you to seek compensation for a broad range of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, mental anguish, scarring or disfigurement, reduced quality of life, and other losses.
Common accidents at oil and gas extraction sites include:
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Broken cables
- Slips and falls
- Heavy machine operating accidents
- Crane rigging accidents
- Being struck by falling objects or equipment
Types of Injuries Associated with Oil and Gas Accidents
Oil and gas accidents are often fatal. Victims who are fortunate enough to survive may be left with devastating injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Lost digits or limbs
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Internal injuries
- Hearing loss
Consult an Experienced West Virginia Attorney
If you are considering seeking compensation for injuries sustained in an oil or gas accident, you'll need a knowledgeable and accomplished personal injury attorney to help you stand up against the at-fault party and their team of savvy corporate attorneys. William “Ty” Nestor can do just that.
Contact the Nestor Law Firm today to schedule an appointment for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case, as well as your rights and options for compensation.