Marcellus Shale Work Injuries

Here is an article to Marcellus Shale gas drilling injuries.

If you know anyone injured while working on/in the Marcellus Shale gas drilling operations, call me for a free legal consult. Work injuries require the expertise of an experienced and effective Pennsylvania Work Comp Lawyer. Marcellus Shale drilling is a dangerous activity and injuries are likely to continue to occur, despite safety measures. Marcellus Shale Injury Lawyer Pennsylvania

Michael W. Cardamone- Experienced PA Work Comp Lawyer
7 days a week

Marcellus Shale Work Injury Lawyer

Many workers will unfortunately be injured, and some will lose their lives, as a result of the dangerous gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

There are many ways that workers in Pennsylvania may become injured on the job working in the Marcellus Shale. Some will be injured in explosions, others harmed by exposure to chemicals. Some workers will simply slip and fall. Some will be severely injured working on defectively made or maintained equipment. These are simply realities.

What’s important to know is that injured workers in the Marcellus Shale have many legal rights. These rights include wage loss and medical benefits under Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation- in addition to the right to explore a lump sum settlement of your work comp claim.

Michael W. Cardamone is well known for his effective representation of injured workers across Pennsylvania. He has represented injured drillers. He knows what it takes to maximize a Pennsylvania Workers Compensation claim, whether it is for Marcellus Shale workers or otherwise.

For your free consult, call or email Michael 7 days a week for a quick reply and prompt analysis of your situation.


It Can Happen To You

I often talk with people who look at me like they have never heard of workers’ compensation. They probably haven’t. I sure didn’t- until I graduated law school and began working for a firm that handled claims for injured workers. My dad was a lawyer. He was involved in disputes over land, water, real estate, zoning, and similar environmental issues. He never hurt his back working as a lawyer, and neither did anyone else I knew growing up.

But work injuries often happen to so called “white collar” workers. I have clients who worked in pharmaceuticals who have tripped over computer wires and permanently damaged their backs. I represented a CFO who became disabled when co-workers’ perfumes and colognes triggered asthmatic attacks such that he could not be exposed to working with others.

The typical image that comes to mind when people think of workers’ comp is a warehouse worker lifting a heavy box and hurting his back, or a construction worker falling from a roof. But work injuries do not discriminate.

And, if a worker does not have short or long term disability, he or she can find themselves quite reliant on the wage loss and medical benefits that workers’ compensation provides.

Comcast and Peco don’t care if you can’t work. They will keep sending the bills. Your landlord may cut you a break for a few days, but the eviction notice will come eventually if the rent isn’t paid.

So, don’t be so quick to think it can’t happen to you. It can. And luckily, we have a safety net to help keep the money flowing (assuming your case is accepted, or won in litigation) until you get your earning power back.

Michael W. Cardamone
PA Work Comp Lawyer

How Do I Challenge The Description Of My PA Work Comp Injury?

Hire an experienced PA Work Comp Lawyer to analyze whether you need to file a Claim Petition or a Petition to Review- it depends on the diagnoses you are seeking to add and when the diagnoses were evident.

You will need to present medical evidence- either a deposition of an expert medical witness, or reports- depending on various factors.

PA Work Comp insurers/employers often minimize the description of the injury- because they only have 21 days to put a label on it and they are not going to lock themselves into a serious diagnosis, especially when the medical treatment is in the early stages. As such, you often see back injuries called “lumbar strain/sprain”. If you wish to amend that description of injury, and if the insurer won’t do it voluntarily, you need to file the appropriate petition.

Enhancing the description of injury is normally beneficial to a case. However, there are some instances when this can be detrimental- such as when you are negotiating a PA Work Comp Settlement which means you are taking into account the interests of Medicare. In these situations, it is sometimes better to not challenge the description of injury in your PA Work Comp case.

For more info about injury descriptions in PA Work Comp cases, call or email experienced PA Work Comp Lawyer Michael W. Cardamone for a free and comprehensive analysis at 215-206-9068 or email 7 days a week.