Oil and Gas Injury Lawyers
Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale drilling has dramatically changed the landscape of our communities. Years ago, the rural parts of our communities were simply farms, rolling hills, and ridge tops. Now, well pads dot the landscape and pipelines crisscross many West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania counties. Well pads, oil and gas facilities, compressor sites, pipelines, and other infrastructure continue to be built every day. With this dramatic increase in oil and gas activity comes the risk of injuries to workers and landowners alike. When a person is injured as a result of this activity, a skilled and experienced oil and gas injury lawyer is invaluable to making sure they receive the compensation they deserve.
Unfortunately, the oil and gas industry can be a dangerous industry, and it’s not uncommon for people to suffer oil and gas injuries. No one is 100% immune from oil and gas injuries. Whether you work in the industry or are a landowner or simply driving on the roads, we all face the possibility of suffering an oil and gas injury.
When oil and gas accidents occur, the results can be devastating. Because of the heavy machinery and equipment used in the industry combined with the flammable and combustible nature of oil and natural gas, oil and gas accidents can result in serious and life-threatening injuries. Even more, the worst oil and gas injuries can cause permanent disability and even death.
An oil and gas injury lawyer can help those injured in an oil and gas accident. However, oil and gas injury cases are often unique and complex, and very few lawyers have the knowledge, experience, and resources to handle such cases. Don’t be fooled. The best oil and gas injury lawyers have knowledge of both the industry and personal injury litigation. The oil and gas attorneys at GKT have this experience, and no other local law firm matches our results.
If you’ve been injured in an oil and gas accident in West Virginia, Ohio, or Pennsylvania, contact the oil and gas injury lawyers at Gold, Khourey & Turak. Our oil and gas lawyers have detailed knowledge of the industry while our personal injury lawyers have vast experience litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases. That’s why GKT’s services are unparalleled when it comes to oil and gas injury cases. Our oil and gas injury attorneys are available at any time by calling (304) 845-9750, by Live Chat 24/7 at GKT.com, or online.
About Gold Khourey & Turak Oil and Gas Injury Lawyers
Gold, Khourey & Turak’s oil and gas injury attorneys represent people injured in oil and gas accidents in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Having established a dedicated oil and gas practice at the very beginning of the Marcellus and Utica boom, GKT has been at the forefront of representing land and mineral owners in the Ohio Valley. GKT’s lawyers know the oil and gas industry. Combined with our more than 40 years of personal injury experience, GKT’s oil and gas injury lawyers bring a unique edge to oil and gas accident cases.
That’s why if you’ve been injured in an oil and gas accident, GKT’s oil and gas injury lawyers are the right lawyers for you. Contact GKT today for a free consultation.
Common Oil and Gas Accidents
The oil and gas industry constructs and operates a variety of facilities. These facilities do everything from produce the oil and gas from the ground to transporting it to market and everything in between.
Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen at any step during the process. What follows is a list of the most common oil and gas accidents occurring in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Well Pad Accidents and Fracking Accidents
A well pad is where a production company drills oil and gas wells. A typical Marcellus and/or Utica well pad can be 30 acres or more in size and have 10, 15, or more wells. A single well pad can drill both the Marcellus and Utica. Well pads often consist of other oil and gas facilities such as tanks, processing facilities, meters, and fractionation facilities.
Because a well pad is the site of drilling and production of oil and gas from the ground, there is a significant risk of injury or explosion (or what is commonly referred to as a well blowout). Well pad workers and people nearby can be seriously injured by a well pad explosion or other accident. Well pad injuries can include brain and spine injuries as well as broken bones and loss of limbs. Well pad accidents can even result in permanent disability and disfigurement or death.
Once oil and gas is produced, it must be transported off of the well pad. While some oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids are transported off site by tanker trucks, natural gas and other products are transported by pipelines to processing facilities and elsewhere. Eventually, natural gas and other products often end up in high volume, high pressured interstate transmission pipelines to be sold several states away. Oil and gas pipelines can range in size from a few inches in diameter to over 40 inches in diameter. They can transport any number of oil and gas products as well as fresh water and “produced” or “frac” water.
Pipeline accident injuries are some of the more frequent oil and gas injuries. As we have experienced locally, pipeline injuries can occur during construction of the pipeline. Heavy machinery and equipment are an integral part of pipeline construction. Combined with difficult terrain and generally wet conditions, pipeline construction accidents occur all across West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Once pipelines are in operation, there is always the chance of a pipeline explosion or other incident. Natural gas pipelines can be high pressured and carry tremendous volumes. When pipeline explosions occur, it can cause damage miles away from the actual site of the explosion. That’s why it’s no surprise that pipeline explosions can cause serious injury and even death.