In recent years, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (also called fracking or frac sand mining) have led to a resurgence of the natural gas industry. Specifically, these techniques allow greater access to shale gas, which is what natural gas is called when it is trapped in a geological formation such as the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania.
The rise of the natural gas industry has come at a human cost: the massive machines, abrasive chemicals, combustible resources and strong hydraulic forces used in new mining techniques combine to create a job that often puts miners at risk of catastrophic injuries. The companies that own or operate these mines may be held liable for the injuries they caused, but it takes a proven advocate with a history of success to stand up to them.
Pittsburgh Fracking Accident Lawyers
At Gismondi & Associates, we are exactly this kind of advocates: we have reached numerous successful results in gas drilling accident cases and are known as one of the state's pre-eminent mining and personal injury law firms. Under the guidance of firm founder John Gismondi, we have spent more than 30 years reaching successful results, holding negligent people and entities accountable for their actions and making sure that our clients' interests are always protected by an experienced attorney.
According to the United States Energy Information Association (EIA), shale gas has gone from just 1 percent of the United States' overall gas production in 2000 to more than 20 percent by 2010.
Causes Of Mining Accidents And Injuries In Pennsylvania
Chemical burns, thermal burns, head and brain injuries, hearing loss, crush injuries, amputation, poisoning and sickness caused by chemicals used in the mining process, impact trauma and all other serious injuries and fatalities caused by gas drilling accidents are often the result of:
- Mechanical defects and malfunctions
- Lack of safety devices
- Defective safety equipment
- Explosions and fires
- Improperly stored chemicals
- Failure to supervise
- Inadequately trained workers
- Worker fatigue
- Mining companies overscheduling workers
- Excessive, high-decibel noise
Any mining accident involving these and other causes of injuries require extensive investigation and careful documentation. Our Pennsylvania gas drilling accident lawyers have the experience in mining cases necessary to build as strong a case as possible when you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a mining accident.
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