Injured In Marcellus Shale Fracking Work?

The Marcellus Shale oil and gas deposits have been an economic dream for Pennsylvania, but a nightmare for some drilling and fracking workers. Drilling is dangerous work, but there is industry pressure to downplay those dangers. This can create conflicts for oil and gas workers when they file workers’ comp claims or lawsuits.

The law firm of Luxenberg Garbett Kelly George, P.C., fiercely advocates for employees who have been seriously injured in oilfield jobs in the Marcellus Shale in western Pennsylvania. We protect the rights of oil and gas workers in the workers’ compensation system and in third-party lawsuits for personal injury.

Drilling Accidents, Injuries And Illness

Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) revolutionized oil and natural gas drilling, but unfortunately, also introduced new workplace hazards. Our firm has represented injured workers in Lawrence County and the surrounding area since 1934. We have witnessed the rise in injuries and health issues associated with fracking accidents and related operations in the Marcellus Shale, such as:

  • Injuries from uncontrolled blowouts
  • Burn injuries from fires and methane explosions
  • Toxic exposure from fracking fluid spills
  • Machinery accidents
  • Falls from drilling rigs and other heights
  • Failure of high-pressure valves, tanks or hoses
  • Heavy equipment accidents (e.g., digging frac ponds)
  • Truck accidents (dump trucks, wastewater trucks)

Protecting Your Rights And Maximizing Your Compensation

Workers injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of fault. This includes drilling accidents, vehicle collisions, slip-and-fall accidents, and any other worksite incident. It also covers back injuries, shoulder injuries, and other wear-and-tear injuries arising from the physical nature of the job. And lastly, workers comp covers occupational illness such as lung ailments, brain damage and other health effects from exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Our attorneys represent oil and gas workers in workers’ compensation claims, appeals and disability settlements, including attempts by employers or insurers to reduce benefits or terminate claims.

In certain circumstances, injured oilfield workers may have additional legal claims beyond workers’ comp. You can’t sue your own employer, but you may be able to sue third parties for negligence, such as a manufacturer of faulty equipment or a contractor at a drilling site who caused an accident. Our accomplished trial lawyers have decades of experience in personal injury and wrongful litigation and will aggressively pursue all of your legal claims.

You Can Count On Us Every Step Of The Way

We stick by our clients. If that means going to trial to secure their compensation, we are prepared to do so. If you or a family member was injured in a fracking accident, call us at 724-761-2094 or contact us online at We provide a free consultation, with five convenient office locations.