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Property Contamination Attorneys

Representing Landowners in Louisiana, Texas & Throughout the U.S.

While oil and gas exploration and drilling companies can create an economic boom in the regions they tap into for profits by creating jobs, supporting businesses, and leasing or purchasing property, these oil and gas operations have a dark side. When oil companies decide to use your land for oil drilling or natural gas extraction, they have a responsibility to do so in accordance with environmental standards. Unfortunately, many drillers have not abided by these standards, leaving behind dangerous chemicals, contaminated groundwater, and abandoned equipment.

Our skilled litigators are experienced with handling property contamination cases. We have helped clients with scarred land and poisoned wells recover the lost value of their property, giving them the resources to restore their land or relocate if they wish. If your property was damaged by the work of a reckless corporation, our understanding of these cases makes us uniquely suited to restoring your land and your family’s safety.

Why You Can Trust Our Houston Wrongful Death Law Firm

  • We have won billions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
  • We use contingent fees, meaning you do not pay unless we win.
  • We have won cases for clients from all 50 states.
  • We have won cases that set both state and national records.
  • We offer completely free and confidential consultations.

Hurt In Mississauga has years of experience successfully taking on large oil and gas corporations. Schedule a free consultation with us to see what we can do for you.

The Ins & Outs of Texas Wrongful Death Claims

When a third party is responsible for the death of another person, they can be held liable under common law jurisdiction. Victims of serious injuries, such as brain or burn injuries, have an advantage that fatality victims do not: the ability to file a personal injury claim on their behalf.

When a person loses their life as a result of the negligent behaviors of another, they are just as entitled to monetary compensation and legal address as any other personal injury victim. Unfortunately, they are in no way able to fight against the wrongs that led to their fatality. Therefore, a wrongful death claim can be made by family members who have lost a loved one due to the immoral or unlawful behaviors of someone else.

A family can seek retribution against the person who killed their loved one by bringing a wrongful death claim case. Even if the person at fault is already being persecuted in the criminal courts for murder or manslaughter, there is still room for a civil lawsuit involving a wrongful death claim. In fact, when fatality results from a company rather than an individual, the only recourse that can be taken is to file wrongful death.

Wrongful death claims are brought by civil action when the loved ones of the deceased are attempting to be compensated for death-related expenses. These may include the financial strain that may be put on the family as a result of lost income, medical expenses that the family has been left with, or grievance and bereavement compensations. In a wrongful death case, the standard of proof is preponderance of the evidence. This means, instead of the defendant being innocent until proven guilty, the burden of proof is on them to prove that they did not, in fact, cause the death.

What Qualifies as Wrongful Death?

The chief controversy of natural gas extraction in recent years is the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The Haynesville Shale in Louisiana and Eagle Ford Shale in Texas in particular has made the practice relevant to homeowners throughout the South.

Fracking is a way for companies to reach deposits that are otherwise inaccessible.

It works by drilling (horizontally) inside the shale, where the natural gas is located. Once a well is drilled, a sand and water mixture is injected into the well at high pressures, fracturing the shale so gas is released. The pressure from the injection also forces the gas up the well, where it can be processed. Fracking has become controversial around the nation because it has been opposed by environmental activists for its dangerous effects. Destabilizing the shale has allegedly led to earth tremors, while releasing gases into the surrounding layers—including groundwater.

Access to safe water is a human right. Many homeowners have been forced to purchase potable water every week instead of using the natural sources they once had valuable access to.

In fact, in 2013 the EPA had a presentation based on its own studies that tied fracking to groundwater contamination. The presentation was censored and abandoned, but it was recently leaked. It revealed that significant amounts of methane are released during fracking that migrates into nearby water sources. Alarmingly, the released methane is not necessarily from the drilled shale—this indicates that fracking has consequences that drillers are either unable to predict or unwilling to report. Other studies assert that the issue is the cementing process.

Has Your Property Been Destroyed by Fracking Contamination?

Oil and gas companies may scar a landscape with ruts, trenches, slush pits, and mud pits. They may leave behind drilling rigs, wells, compressor stations, and pipelines. The waste produced by their operations may also contain harmful metals, salts, hydrocarbons, and toxic chemicals. A Congressional committee has evaluated substances that companies have used in fracking and identified what it called 29 “compounds of concern.” Some are proven or possible cancer-causing agents, while the federal government has listed others as hazardous pollutants.

Access to safe water is a human right. Many homeowners have been forced to purchase potable water every week instead of using the natural sources they once had valuable access to.

Why You Can Trust Our Firm If You’re Suffering Private Land Damage

At Hurt In Mississauga, we have vast experience in helping landowners recover damages from oil and gas companies for environmental damage and fracking contamination to their properties. These cases are commonly known as “legacy litigation,” because they often involve claims that stem from corporate malfeasance that has occurred over a period of several decades and involve land that has been in a family’s name for generations.

Recent studies conducted by Duke University economists found that residents near the sites of oil drilling or fracking lost 24% of their property’s value. When corporations behave recklessly, innocent homeowners suffer the consequences. Your home’s property should be protected by your community, your government, and the companies who lease the land around you. When they fail to do that, we will respond on your behalf.

The purpose of litigation is to:

  • Compensate the landowners or area residents for the harm they’ve suffered;
  • Restore the contaminated property to an acceptable condition
  • Protect the region from any possible future harm caused by the contamination.

At our firm, we work with experts who can help us to determine the level of contamination caused by oilfield and fracking operations. These experts are then able to arrive at fair estimates of what it will take to compensate those who have been harmed and to clean up their property (commonly called a “remediation plan”). With this testimony, our attorneys demand the compensation you need.

Individuals can bring forward wrongful death claims in a wide variety of situations.

If your land was left damaged by a drilling company, or your home lost its value, contact Hurt In Mississauga today.

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