The oil and gas industry is thriving in West Virginia. The Marcellus Shale formation running from New York to Tennessee covers the vast majority of West Virginia. Most companies drilling into the Marcellus Shale use a horizontal drilling technique. After drilling vertically to the depth that reaches slightly above the Marcellus Shale formation, the drill bit turns horizontal into the Marcellus Shale, oftentimes at a depth of 5,000 feet or more. This allows companies to extract more natural gas from a single wellhead. Drilling of Marcellus Shale wells is a huge, and expensive, undertaking. These drilling operations generally take between 15 and 30 days, operating around the clock. Unfortunately, with a bustling work site and a crunched time frame comes the risk of serious injuries or even death.
When an employee is injured, his or her options to seek compensation from the employer is limited due to worker’s compensation laws. However, there are potential other avenues to seek recovery. West Virginia laws provide some avenues to seek recourse from an employer outside of the worker’s compensation system. These options are somewhat limited, but they are worth exploring. In addition, just because an injured employee’s options are limited with regard to seeking damages from their employer, that does not foreclose the possibility of seeking compensation from other entities on a well pad or fracking site.
The lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner PLLC have handled significant oil and gas injury cases involving millions of dollars in damages. Our law offices are in the heart of the Marcellus Shale region, and we work tirelessly to maximize the recovery for injury victims and their families. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, where you pay no up front costs or expenses. Properly prosecuting an oil and gas injury case is expensive, but WE pay for the experts, collection of medical records and bills, filing fees, depositions, trial consultants and more. And we don’t get paid (or even recoup our litigation expenses) unless we get a recovery for you. We will come to you to discuss your case, regardless of whether you are home or in the hospital. Our lawyers have successfully tried cases throughout the Marcellus Shale region, including in Doddridge County, Wetzel County, Harrison County, and others. Trust a law firm with a proven track record of helping clients. Goddard & Wagoner PLLC has been ranked as a top tier law firm by U.S. News & World Reports. Both Dave Goddard and Eddie Wagoner have been named as Super Lawyers or Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, as Best Lawyers in West Virginia, and they have received various awards from other respected legal sources.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in the oilfields, on a Marcellus Shale drilling rig, on a shallow well drilling rig, during a fracking job, or by a gas well explosion, CALL GODDARD & WAGONER NOW! If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a trucking accident involving an oil and gas company or supplier, you need to call Goddard & Wagoner. Call (304) 451-3500 or send us a confidential e-mail to info@GoddardLawWV.com. Time is limited, so do not wait. We are here to HELP.