On July 5, 2013, a strong West Virginia man kissed his fiancée for the last time. An hour later, while working at a Marcellus Shale gas well drilling operation in Doddridge County, W.Va., he was nearly burned alive by a flash fire and explosion. He was transported to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh.
After three weeks, the thirty-seven-year-old man died from a lung injury caused by thermal burns which deprived his brain of oxygen. While his father, was contacted by a number of personal injury lawyers – several that he knew well – he called Wilson, Frame and Metheney, a law firm that had been successful in lawsuits involving burns and the drilling industry.
The victim’s father made the right call at the right time. Since it was within days of the explosion, the law firm’s investigators could gather crucial evidence that proved the working conditions were unsafe.
As a result of their investigation, the employer assumed responsibility. WF&M secured financial security for the victim's immediate family including his two daughters, 8, and 1; his fiance; his parents; and his brother.