Hydraulic fracturing is when a rock is fractured by a high pressured liquid. It is commonly referred to as fracking, and is a technique used by mixing water with sand and chemicals and injecting them at a high pressure into wellbores to create small fractures allowing fluids like gas, petroleum, uranium-bearing solution, and brine water to migrate to the well. This is used to remove fluid from the well and increase productivity.
As we may imagine, hydrofracking is a dangerous profession and often results in serious personal injuries and possible death to workers and others in surrounding areas. At Simien & Simien, our Louisiana oilfield accident injury attorneys believe that if you have been injured in a fracking accident due to the negligent actions of another individual or entity, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages.
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Types of Hydraulic Fracturing Accidents
Most fracking operations are very dangerous and have little safeguards available to workers of the fracking projects, or for those living around these areas. As a result, our attorneys have recognized the common types of hydraulic fracturing accidents.
Some types of hydrofracking accidents include:
- Explosions from gas
- Fuel spills
- Machinery accidents
- Rig accident
- Ship accidents
- Slip & Falls
- Truck accidents
When one of these types of accidents occur, they often result in serious or live ending injuries to the worker or person involved.
Types of Hydraulic Fracking Injuries
Fracking sites typically have a great variety of heavy machinery, which can pose many dangers to workers. On occasion, this heavy machinery will also cause injuries to workers. These injuries can range in severity from less severe, to more severe and life threatening if not attended to immediately by a medical professional.
Some types of hydraulic fracturing injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Brain damage
- Burn injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Inhaling toxic fumes
- Loss of limb
- Nerve damage
- Traumatic brain injury
If you have been injured while fracking, it is imperative to receive immediate medical attention for these injuries. This will ensure all injuries are properly cared for while also providing the medical documents needed by an attorney to formulate a robust case against the negligent and injury causing individual or entity.
Notable Louisiana Fracking Incidents
In 2009, a Chesapeake Energy blowout in Desoto Parish, Louisiana, killed one and injured another. It also resulted in the evacuation of a two mile radius and over six Desoto Parish fire fighters to the hospital as a result of methane spewing into the air for nearly 30 minutes.
Another notable incident that occurred in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, in 2009 resulted in 16 cattle being found dead at a natural gas site after drinking a mysterious fluid near a drilling rig. One worker reported the fluids were being used in the hydraulic fracturing process.
At the same location in 2010, hundreds of people were evacuated from the area as a natural gas well blowout contaminated a nearby drinking water aquifer. It has never been determined what the exact contaminants were in the water; however residents were advised not to drink the water or wash their clothes with it.
Contact Our Louisiana Hydraulic Fracking Injury Attorneys Today
At Simien & Simien, our Louisiana lawyers have assisted numerous of injured victims achieve the money they deserve while operating on a contingency fee basis. This means we will not get paid for any of our services unless you get paid for the losses associated with your losses and damages.
Our firm has attorneys that are licensed in Louisiana to provide person injury services. The firm, with appropriate local counsel, also provides representation in other states as well. Some of the places in which our firm has represented clients in Louisiana and Texas include:
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
- New Orleans
- Port Allen
- All Other Areas throughout Louisiana
.... and all other areas throughout East Texas.
Call (800) 374-8422, or complete our simple FREE Case Evaluation form at the right of this page to begin with your free no-obligation consultation. Our attorneys have provided thousands of free legal evaluations and take pride in our ability to protect the rights of injured victims across the state of Louisiana.