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Industrial accidents can lead to workers' compensation claims

With the current use of fracking techniques to recover oil and gas in deep and previously untouchable underground formations, more and more jobs are being created in the petroleum industry. The recent discovery of a substantial shale gas deposit in Pennsylvania has only increased the number of good-paying jobs to Pennsylvanians in the oil and natural gas sector. Despite the often lucrative pay, however, some of these workplaces are more dangerous that those in many other industries. Industrial accidents are not uncommon on sites used to explore, drill and recover oil and gas, and workers can suffer serious and even life-threatening injuries.

The nature of the work itself is often hazardous, especially with round-the-clock use of drilling machinery, industrial solvents and combustible materials. Potential workplace injuries include crush injuries, cuts and bruises, serious burns and inhalation damage. Such injuries can have long-term effects on workers' quality of life as well as their ability to earn enough to support their families.

Pennsylvanians injured on the job can themselves in financial distress if they cannot pay their bills. In addition to their physical injuries and damage to their pride, these workers have often lost income just as their medical expenses are mounting. Extreme financial pressure can also put strains on marriages and other family relationships. For some workers, their economic troubles can be bad enough that they are forced to declare bankruptcy in an effort to get out from under mountains of unpayable debt.

Fortunately, Pennsylvania's workers can file for compensation to pursue benefits to assist their physical recovery and cover some living expenses for the duration of their rehabilitation. In addition, in some cases lawsuits can be filed against third parties who were negligent or otherwise contributed to the worker's injuries. Our firm's website can give injured workers more information about their legal options.

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