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Pennsylvania Gas Drilling Rig Injury Lawyers

Dougherty Leventhal & Price LLP,  DLP, are Pennsylvania gas drilling rig workers compensation lawyers.  Attorneys Cal Leventhal, Tom Cummings and John Finnerty head the DLP Northeastern Pennsylvania and Central Pennsylvania workers compensation department.  DLP handles injured workers cases in Bradford, Susquehanna, Tioga, Potter, Wyoming, Sullivan and Wayne Counties Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Jurisdiction in Well Drilling Work Injury

Paul had worked for a Texas-based natural gas drilling company out of Texas for a number of years. The company started to develop drilling sites in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Paul was put up at a hotel close to the drilling site. Paul had never had an accident in the ten previous years he had worked, despite doing very physical types of activities while working with the various drills on the sites.

Paul’s good fortune ran out though, and he jammed his hand on one of the drill bits, seriously injuring the hand. Paul’s employer was insistent that since Paul was employed out of Texas and the employer was based out of Texas, that he would have to file his comp claim under Texas law.

Issue: Is Paul’s employer correct?

Answer: No. In Pennsylvania, regardless of where an employer is principally located and/or where a contract for hire was entered into, if an injury occurs in Pennsylvania, then Pennsylvania has jurisdiction and Paul will be entitled to benefits under Pennsylvania law. Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation benefits are, for the most part, far more generous, and the injured worker is provided far more protection than in other states, especially states in the South and Midwest.