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Workplace Injury / Wrongful Death

Workplace Injury / Wrongful Death

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Sustaining a serious injury on the job or enduring the death of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence are devastating experiences. Instead of receiving support from your employer or another responsible party, you may find yourself subject to hostile treatment and denial of responsibility. Even worse, lawyers for those responsible for your injuries or the wrongful death may try to intimidate you into accepting an unfair settlement or to drop your case altogether.

 

Oil and Gas Field Operations

The Centers for Disease Control reports that people working in oil and gas field operations have a fatality rate seven times higher than all other occupations. These workers also sustain serious injuries at a much higher rate. The most common injuries include:

  • Dangerous or defective machinery accidents
  • Drilling rig accidents and fires
  • Gas leaks
  • Hydro-fracking accidents
  • Pipeline and drilling rig explosions
  • Rig blow-outs

Although this is an inherently dangerous occupation, the push by some companies to maximize profits at the expense of worker safety makes it even more so. If you feel this has happened to you, the experienced legal team at Wilson, Frame & Metheney will aggressively fight for your right to fair compensation.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that people working in oil and gas field operations have a fatality rate seven times higher than all other occupations.

Coal Mining Injury/Death

Coal mining has long been a part of Appalachia’s collective history. Generations of families have proudly worked as coal miners in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to provide electricity and power to people across the country. State and federal laws are in place to protect people who work in this statistically high-risk occupation. Unfortunately, some employers choose to ignore these laws for their own profit. This can result in workplace injuries caused by:

  • Coal dust, coal mine, and methane gas explosions
  • Electrocution from using faulty mining equipment
  • Rib rolls
  • Roof collapse
  • Improper training to use mining equipment
  • Defective mining equipment

If you have suffered from a similar injury or lost a loved one in a mining accident, the attorneys at Wilson, Frame & Metheney have a deep understanding of what you’ve been through. We will work hard to prove negligence so you can claim the compensation you’re entitled to receive.

Since the beginning of this decade, 35 people have lost their lives in a mining accident in West Virginia.

Construction Failures

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 150,000 construction workers are seriously injured each year. Common injuries include hearing loss, nerve damage, scarring and disfigurement, full or partial loss of eyesight, back trauma, and extremity damage and traumatic brain injuries. The following are the most common causes of these injuries:

  • Fall from construction site
  • Defective scaffolding or machinery
  • Being struck by a falling object
  • Building and structural failure
  • Fires, explosions, and toxic chemicals
  • Electrical shock

Getting better should be your only concern when you’re injured in this manner. You also have enough to attend to when you’re grieving a loved one. At Wilson, Frame & Metheney, we use our 67 years of experience with construction accidents to obtain a settlement on your behalf.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 150,000 construction workers are seriously injured each year.

Toxic Chemical Exposure

Exposure to toxic chemicals initially causes headaches, nausea, breathing and swallowing difficulty, allergies, and skin rashes. Over time, it can develop into cancer, liver failure, and permanent damage to the nervous system resulting in loss of muscle control and coordination. Some of the most toxic chemicals in a workplace setting include:

  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Mercury
  • Toxic dust, vapors, liquids, and mold particles

If you feel that your symptoms are caused by toxic chemical exposure at work, don’t hesitate in contacting our Morgantown, W.Va. law office for immediate help.


Defective Products

Three categories of responsibility exist for manufacturers of defective products. These include manufacturing flaw or defect, design flaw or defect, and inadequate instructions or warnings. You need an aggressive legal team to represent your interests when you have been hurt by a defective product at work or have lost a family member because of a defective product. Our attorneys know how to work through the layers of defenses to find out who is really responsible for what happened to you or your immediate family member.


Industrial Catastrophes

Gas and pipeline explosions, electrocutions, construction and power plant site accidents are just some examples of industrial catastrophes that the lawyers of Wilson, Frame & Metheney have handled. These types of severe injuries and wrongful deaths require a deep understanding of construction industry practices, engineering, and mechanics in order to investigate who is responsible for the accident. We work with industry reconstruction experts to determine the chain of events that led up to the injuries or death.


Burn Injuries

Every year, approximately 16,500 people are injured and 3,500 die due to injuries sustained in a fire. It is the fifth leading cause of accidental death. The leading causes of burn injuries include:

  • Contact with an open flame
  • Scalding, including from a hot shower or bath, spilled hot liquid, or exposure to steam
  • Thermal burns, such as those received from a hot iron or oven
  • Electrical burns
  • Chemical burns
  • Fireworks
  • Sunburns from tanning beds

In many of these cases, the person who received a burn was the victim of negligence by another party. Burns are excruciatingly painful and recovery is often long and difficult. You deserve fair compensation for all that you face during this process.

Regardless of the type of workplace injury you suffered or the cause of a loved one’s wrongful death, the attorneys at Wilson, Frame & Metheney are here to help.

Every year, approximately 16,500 people are injured and 3,500 die due to injuries sustained in a fire. It is the fifth leading cause of accidental death.

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