Oil and Gas Pipeline Accident Lawyers
Since the beginning of the oil and gas boom in the Ohio Valley, the oil & gas pipeline accident lawyers at Gold, Khourey & Turak have protected the rights of people who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of oil and gas accidents. We are also the leading oil and gas law firm in the Ohio Valley, protecting the rights of land and mineral owners and never big oil and gas companies. As a result of our oil and gas experience, our oil and gas accident lawyers are uniquely qualified to handle any oil and gas accident including, oil and gas pipeline explosions. Our oil and gas accident lawyers have represented workers injured or killed in some of the biggest industrial accidents in the Wheeling – Steubenville area, and we can help you too.
Unfortunately, pipeline accidents, including explosions and fires, are becoming more common in the Ohio Valley. Locally, we have experienced oil and gas explosions or other accidents in every county, from Noble and Jefferson Counties to Marshall, Wetzel, and Tyler Counties, and all counties in between. Pipeline explosions, like other oil and gas accidents, happen because something went wrong.
If you have been injured, or a loved one injured or killed as a result of an oil and gas accident or pipeline explosion, you need an experienced oil and gas accident lawyer. You need GKT. Our oil and gas accident lawyers will work hard to investigate the accident, uncover the truth, and demand accountability. You have questions about what went wrong, we can get answers. We will aggressively pursue justice for you and your family. Call us today at (304) 845-9750 to speak with an experienced oil and gas pipeline accident lawyer. We are licensed in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
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 accidents can happen even during the 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 actually site of the explosion. That’s why it’s no surprise that pipeline explosions can cause serious injury and even wrongful death.
Pipeline Explosion Property Damage Lawyer
Oil and gas pipeline explosions are very violent explosions. Click here to see our drone footage of a pipeline explosion in Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Fortunately, no one was injured in the pipeline explosion, however, you can see the destruction it caused to our client’s property and the surrounding area. Our oil and gas pipeline explosion attorneys are experienced in obtaining financial compensation for people seriously injured or killed in oil and gas accidents, as well as helping families obtain compensation for significant property damage. Call (304) 845-9750 for a free consultation.
Read Oil & Gas Lawyer, Christian Turak’s blog, “An Explosion of Oil & Gas Pipeline Explosions? We Can See The Future.” Christian talks about oil and gas in the Ohio Valley and describes the process it took to recover damages for our client after a pipeline explosion in Marshall County. Flames from the pipeline explosion could be seen as far away as the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, which is more than an hour drive from the site of the explosion.
Common Pipeline Injuries
The oil and gas industry is one of the most dangerous industries in which to work . The simple truth is that oil and gas pipeline workers put their lives on the line each and every day they go to work. And, when pipeline accidents happen, oil and gas injury is very likely to follow. Those oil and gas injuries can run the gamut from scrapes and bruises to broken bones and torn ligaments and tendons to brain and spinal injuries causing permanent disability or oil and gas wrongful death.
Unfortunately, it is not only oil and gas workers who may suffer oil and gas injuries. People living or working in the vicinity of pipeline activity may be injured as well. The most frequent injuries suffered by landowners result from pipeline explosions and heavy vehicle accidents.
Some of the most common oil and gas pipeline injuries in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania include:
Some of the most serious pipeline injuries are brain injuries. Brain injuries include anything from a concussion to brain swelling and brain bleeding. Even with the best medical treatment, brain injuries sustained in a pipeline accident can cause permanent cognitive and function losses and wrongful death. Brain injuries are most common in pipeline explosions but can happen in any oil and gas accident.
Other common pipeline injuries are spine or spinal cord injuries. Spine injuries can include anything from slipped or herniated discs to broken vertebrae to a severed spinal cord. Even the most minor spine injuries can leave long-lasting and sometimes permanent pain and loss of motion. Of course, the worst spine injuries result in paralysis. Spine injuries are more common in the worst pipeline accidents but can happen in even minor oil and gas accidents.