There are no two ways about it: Oil and gas is dangerous business. While not one of the most productive states, Pennsylvania does has a reasonably good oil and gas industry. However, it also boasts most likely the least regulated oil and gas industries in the country since the passing of the Pennsylvania Grade Crude Development Act this June.
Get help if you've been hurt on an oil rig
Working on oil rigs is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. For those who have been injured in the oil and gas fields in Pennsylvania, make sure you get the help of an experienced attorney. Especially if you have suffered serious injuries, it is important to get the help you need to navigate the workers' compensation system strategically in order to get the compensation you deserve.
The dangers of oil rigs
This type of work has many inherent dangers, including:
- Fires and explosions: Obviously, oil is highly flammable. Major explosions and fires are not uncommon, leading to serious burn injuries for workers.
- Falls: Working on oil rigs often involves heights. With heights comes the risk of falls from ladders and platforms, resulting in spinal cord injuries and other serious injuries.
- Faulty equipment: The heavy equipment used to mine oil can backfire and malfunction. In some cases, the results of these malfunctions are severe, including lost limbs, amputations, traumatic brain injuries and other serious injuries.
- Repetitive stress injuries: Even the seemingly minor injuries that result from repeating the same motion over time can be significant injuries that require ongoing medical care. You deserve to be compensated for these injuries, as well.
Whatever the cause of your oil field injuries, the first step is to talk with an experienced lawyer to assess your case and help you get full compensation. The workers' compensation system can be complicated and it often doesn't provide the full measure of compensation injured workers really need. A skilled attorney can help you maximize your workers' compensation benefits and explore the possibility of a third-party liability claim, as well.
If you've been hurt, get the help you need.