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Oil Field Injury Lawyers, On The Job Injury

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

Oil field injury can be some of the most catastrophic work injuries. They can result in years of rehabilitation, reconstructive surgery and long term disability.

Oil Field Injury Lawyers

Oil field workers work in an extremely dangerous environment. As an oil field worker you can suffer serious and fatal injury on the job site. Oilfield accidents result in catastrophic injuries, such as severe burns from chemicals or fires, broken necks, backs and legs from falls, head injuries from equipment, electrocution, exposure to toxic chemicals and gases, loss of limbs from explosions or equipment, and internal organ injuries. Very often these are fatal.

An oil field injury can leave your family with no one to provide for them.

If you or a loved one has been injured or if a family member has been killed as a result of an oilfield accident, call the oil field injury lawyers of  For The Injured Worker.

Oil Field Injury Resulting From:

  •         Vehicle accidents
  •         Pipeline explosions
  •         Gas compressor stations
  •         Well explosions and fires
  •         Well drilling, completion, servicing, and operation
  •         Rig blowouts
  •         Equipment failure
  •         Fires
  •         Toxic exposure
  •         Falling equipment
  •         Falls from rigs and equipment
  •         Contractor negligence or recklessness

 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Oil and Gas Industry Fatal and Nonfatal Occupational Injuries

Oil and gas industries are frequently in the news. Much of the time this news is related to changes in prices of oil and gas, which affect most consumers in one way or another. Another less frequent subject of media attention is when disasters strike, as in the offshore oil drilling platform explosion and fire on April 20, 2010, and previous incidents such as the Clearbrook, Minnesota pipeline fire in 2007 and the Texas City, Texas refinery explosion in 2005.

According to the North American Industry Classification System, the oil and gas extraction industry is classified in mining, as all mining industries are focused on extracting natural resources from the earth. Drilling oil and gas wells and support activities for oil and gas operations are classified under support activities for mining. Fatal injury data include oil and gas extraction, drilling oil and gas wells, and support activities for oil and gas extraction. Nonfatal injury and illness data only include drilling oil and gas wells.

Occupational injuries and fatalities associated with fires and explosions are rare events. The overall rate of injuries and illnesses with days away from work due to fires and explosions in all industries was 0.2 per 10,000 full-time workers in 2008, composed of 2,320 cases with days away from work. There were 174 fatal injuries due to fires and explosions in 2008, 18 of which were in the oil and gas industry1

Fatal Work Injuries

A total of 120 fatal work injuries occurred in the oil and gas extraction industry in 2008. The three most frequent fatal events in 2008 were transportation incidents (41 percent), contact with objects and equipment (25 percent), and fires and explosions (15 percent). The number of fatal work injuries associated with fires and explosions over the past five years ranged from 10 fatalities in 2007 to 21 fatalities in 2006. In 2008, there were 18 fatalities.

In 2008, multiple-fatal work injury events accounted for 24 worker deaths in 10 different incidents. More than half of these deaths were caused by transportation events, while a third were from fires and explosions.

The three states with the most oil and gas extraction industry fatal work injuries in 2008 were Texas (41 fatal work injuries), Oklahoma (21 fatal work injuries), and Louisiana (13 fatal work injuries). Over the five-year period of 2004-2008, Oklahoma fatal work injuries in the industry have increased 91 percent, while Texas has increased by 21 percent and Louisiana by 30 percent.

Support activities for oil and gas operations (NAICS 213112) account for about half of fatal work injuries from 2004 to 2008 in oil and gas industries on average, with 69 fatal work injuries recorded in 2008. Drilling oil and gas wells (NAICS 213111) averaged 34 fatal work injuries over the five-year period, with 37 percent of fatal work injuries resulting from contact with objects of equipment. Oil and Gas Extraction (NAICS 211111) had an average of 21 fatal work injuries.

Nonfatal Injuries

Drilling oil and gas wells (NAICS 213111) is a distinct industry from oil and gas production, and is classified under support activities for mining. Establishments in this industry are primarily engaged in drilling oil and gas wells for others on a contract or fee basis. This industry includes contractors that specialize in spudding in, drilling in, redrilling, and directional drilling.

From 2003 to 2007, the most recent data available for drilling oil and gas wells, the number of total recordable cases of nonfatal injuries and illnesses ranged between 2,400 in 2003 and 4,700 in 2005, with 2007 having 4,200 cases. The rate of injuries and illnesses ranged from 4.0 per 100 full-time workers in 2003 to 6.8 in 2004, with a rate of 4.6 in 2007. This is a little higher than the rate of 4.2 per 100 full-time workers for all industries.

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one killed due to an oil or gas field  accident call th oil field injury lawyers of for the injured worker.

North Dakota Oil Field Injuries

North Dakota legislature has passed laws weakening the ability of injured workers to be compensated. The cases with the greatest potential, therefore, are those in which a third party can be shown to be negligent.This would make the responsible party a vendor or subcontractor or co-contractor to your employer.

If you have been seriously injured working in the oil fields in North Dakota, contact our North Dakota oil field injury division for a N Dakota oil field injury lawyer.

New News On Asbestos, Mesothelioma Lawyers, Mesothelioma Death

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

For the Injured Worker mesothelioma Lawyers filing lawsuits for asbestos related Injury, Lung cancer

Pfizer May Be Liable in Asbestos Lawsuits

17 Apr, 2012 23:30 CET
 
 
While Pfizer Inc. may be best known for its contributions to the pharmaceutical world, a recent ruling in New York may lead to a renewed focus on the company’s past dealings with asbestos as well.
An NY federal appeals court recently ruled that Pfizer can be sued in asbestos ormesothelioma lawsuits in Pennsylvania that involve asbestos injury caused by the now-bankrupt Quigley Co. The company, which manufactured asbestos products from the 1930s until the 1970s, was acquired by Pfizer in 1968, business insurance reported.
Quigley – and, in many cases, Pfizer – has been named the defendant in 160,000 mesothelioma  and asbestos lawsuits that allege the company’s products harmed them. While a bankruptcy ruling regarding Quigley had initially imposed a stay on any of the lawsuits against Pfizer, the NY appeals court overturned the decision and ruled that the lawsuits could proceed.
For the injured workers mesothelioma lawyers are filing lawsuits for mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on the Job, Workers Compensation Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

Carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers helping victims and families of  on the job injury from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Serious Brain injury and wrongful death can occur from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels like gasoline are burned. Carbon monoxide is found in the exhaust of gasoline generators, chainsaws, water pumps, brush cutters and pressure washers. These are tools commonly used in the construction industry. Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide fumes can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, which can cause loss of consciousness and even death. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 14 percent of all unintentional carbon monoxide fatalities in the U.S. occur in the construction industry. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 10,000 people seek medical attention for carbon monoxide poisoning every year in the United States.

Department of Labor on Work Related carbon Monoxide Poisoning

EXPOSURE SOURCES AND CONTROL METHODS

The following operations may generate or involve carbon monoxide and lead to worker exposures to this substance:

* The manufacture and transportation of carbon monoxide

Operations near furnaces, ovens, stoves, forges, and kilns when they are being fired up to operating temperatures; firefighting, particularly in mines; testing of internal combustion engines; operations near portable stoves

Use in organic chemical synthesis, particularly in the Fischer-Tropsch process for petroleum products; in fuel gas mixtures for industrial and domestic heating; as a reducing agent in metallurgical processes such as the Mond process for the recovery of nickel; in the manufacture of metal carbonyl catalysts Liberation of exhaust from faulty equipment on autos, buses, airplanes, and boats; use of compressed air in respiratory devices in industry or breathing mixtures in diving, when the air is supplied from reciprocating oil-lubricated compressors

Methods that are effective in controlling worker exposures to carbon monoxide, depending on the feasibility of implementation, are as follows:

* Process enclosure Local exhaust ventilation General dilution ventilation Personal protective equipment

Workers responding to a release or potential release of a hazardous substance must be protected as required by paragraph (q) of OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard

Symptoms of carbon Monoxide poisoning

  •     headaches
  •     dizziness
  •     nausea
  •     breathlessness
  •     collapse
  •     loss of consciousness

On the job carbon monoxide poisoning can cause severe injury, brain injury, injury to vital organs or in some cases wrongful  death.

For help contact the carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers of for the injured worker, Workers compensation helpline.

Mesothelioma Drug to Help Workers

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Stories and Sharing

CanBas Developing Mesothelioma Drug to Enhance Chemotherapy Treatment, Help for mesothelioma

Friday, Jan 13, 2012

CanBas Co., Ltd.,, a Japanese bio-pharmaceutical company that develops new cancer drugs that target the cell cycle, has received a boost from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in its research efforts to add to the arsenal of drugs available to fight malignant mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer of the lining of the lung and abdomen that affects about 3,000 people in the U.S. each year. The mortality rate for mesothelioma is high, so more effective treatment options are needed to stop the progression of the disease.

The company’s lead product is a drug known as CBP501 that enhances the effectiveness of the chemotherapy drug Cisplatin, which is standard treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma. CBP501, a synthetic peptide, enhances the toxicity of Cisplatin as it accumulates in mesothelioma tumors.

CanBas announced in January that the US FDA has granted orphan drug status to CBP501 for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. The designation qualifies the pharmaceutical company for financial incentives for the development of drugs used to treat rare diseases. Without such incentives, drug companies have difficulty justifying the investment of time and resources necessary to bring to market drugs used to treat rare diseases that may have only a limited demand and therefore limited profit.

Currently, a randomized clinical trial is underway comparing the results of patients with advanced malignant pleural mesothelioma in the U.S., Russia and Argentina treated with the chemotherapy drugs Cisplatin/pemetrexed with and without the addition of CBP501.

Malignant mesothelioma symptoms usually don’t appear until decades after exposure to asbestos, typically 20 years to 50 years. Because mesothelioma is aggressive, doctors often do not diagnose a patient’s mesothelioma until the disease is well advanced.

For the Injured worker Workers Compensation lawyers for victims of Mesothelioma are here to help you if you have asbestos related cancer.  Our mesothelioma lawyers can help you if you have lost a loved one due to mesothelioma

Workers Compensation Fraud

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

If any type of fraud is suspected on behalf of any of parties involved in the workers compensation claim, the victim has the right to seek corrective action and compensation for the losses they have suffered as a result. The victim can be the employer or employee. Workers compensation investigations are handled by the appropriate local, state or federal government agency that governs workers compensation laws. The federal government and most state departments have an appeals board who hears the evidence gathered in workers compensation investigations. The victims of fraud have the right to legal representation in these proceedings. Legal representation can be greatly beneficial for victims of workers compensation fraud because these experts have the knowledge and experience to maximize and protect a victims legal interests.
Workers compensation investigations of fraudulent activity can result in strict penalties for those who violate workers compensation regulations. Workers compensation fraud adversely affects the economy, tax payer dollars, public agency resources, and those individual victims of fraud. Therefore, workers compensation investigations can lead to misdemeanor and felony charges brought against the fraudulent or negligent liable party.

It is important to note that an employer commits workers compensation fraud if they unlawfully manipulate the facts in order to lower their workers compensation premium. This deceitful manipulation of the factors relevant to a workers compensation premium can include any falsification of facts, including the number of employees that are to be covered or the nature of their work. Paying a workers compensation premium is considered part of the cost of running a business, and is therefore considered wholly the responsibility of employers. Employers can be held legally liable for any breech of this requirement.

Workers' compensation insurance fraud occurs in simple to complex schemes that often require difficult and lengthy investigations.  For example, an employee either inflates the extent of his/her injuries, or simply fabricates injuries altogether.  At the other end of the spectrum, white-collar criminals, including doctors and lawyers, entice, pay, and conspire with other indiviuals in cheating the system through fraudulent activity and insurance companies "pick up the tab," passing the cost onto policyholders, taxpayers and the general public.

If you report workers compensation fraud by an employer, you may be eligible to receive compensation under the QUi TAM law.

But what is workers’ compensation fraud? Workers’ compensation fraud occurs when someone willfully makes a false statement or conceals information in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits or prevents someone from receiving benefits to which they might be entitled. Below are a just few examples of how workers’ compensation fraud can be committed. If, after reading these indicators, you feel you know someone who may be committing fraud, contact the Office of Workers’ Compensation’s Fraud Division at 1-800-201-3362,
Claimant Fraud

  • Malingering
  • Exageration of symptoms
  • Working while allegedly disabled and not reporting income 
  • Claiming a job-related injury that never occurred
  • Claiming a non-work related injury as a work-related injury
  • False Milage reports                                                                                                                             

Employer Fraud

  •  Underreporting payroll or misclassifying employees for lower insurance premiums
  •  Deducting premium dollars from employee’s wages
  •  Employer knowingly fails to have necessary workers’ compensation coverage

Medical or Health Care Provider Fraud

  • Providing unnecessary testing or treatment of injured workers to reap financial benefit
  • Billing for services or treatment never performed
  • Billing the workers’ compensation insurer and the workers’ health insurer for the same services