Businesses not only have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of their workers, but also the communities and environment that surround their work sites. Not maintaining these standards can result in a premises liability issue for the company if they are found to have known about the issue and failed to take corrective action.

A couple from Wise County, Texas, recently successfully argued that a drilling company had failed to control pollution from nearby oil and gas extrication sites, resulting in health conditions that included:

  • Nausea
  • Nosebleeds
  • Ringing of the ears
  • Rashes

According to an article from Inside Climate News, others in the area supported the couple’s claims by submitting a total of 77 complaints about the drilling operation over a three-year period.

The drilling company will likely appeal the case by arguing the noxious fumes may have come from a nearby competitor’s work site. This is because more than 100 wells have been drilled within two miles of the couple’s property, with only 22 being owned by the accused.

In the meantime, the operation is on the hook to pay the couple a total of $3 million in damages.

At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, our team of Texas personal injury lawyers understands how complex a premise liability case can become and how quickly it can happen. This is why the firm is hopeful the decision that was reached in the case brings some closure to the situation for the victims.

by Staff Blogger |