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Oil Field / Industrial Accidents

The recent increase in oil and natural gas prices has resulted in a dramatic resurgence of drilling and oilfield service activity within the United States. It is the same in New Mexico, one of the largest oil and gas producing states. Along with the increase in oilfield activity, there has been an increase in oilfield accidents.

Oilfield accidents often occur when companies fail to take reasonable steps to avoid accidents. Most accidents are preventable and occur because of negligence, improper employee training, improper maintenance of equipment, or equipment failure. If you were seriously injured or you lost a loved one in an oil field accident, contact Sanders, Bruin, Coll & Worley, P.A. today for a free consultation with an experienced New Mexico personal injury attorney.

Oilfield injuries can be severe and result in serious long-term disability that prevents the injured person from returning to work, resulting in lost wages. Although strict safety standards are often in place to prevent oil field accidents, oil field workers suffer on-the-job injuries too frequently. The most common accidents occur as a result of:

  • Falls;
  • Overworked employees;
  • Defective or inappropriate equipment;
  • Inadequate safety programs;
  • Toxic fumes;
  • Inexperienced employees;
  • Tank explosion;
  • Substance abuse;
  • Inadequate policies and procedures;
  • Fires; and
  • Explosions.

A detailed investigation of these events should focus on determining who is responsible. In many cases, there are multiple parties who have varying degrees of responsibility. A thorough investigation can help overcome some of the obstacles in proving liability.

There are several possible scenarios for an oilfield accident. Some of these may be:

  • If your injury is caused by a co-worker, then your only action may be for workers’ compensation benefits. You will probably need a workers’ compensation lawyer. We handle workers’ compensation cases.
  • If you are injured at work and your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, you may have a case against your employer. Our lawyers can investigate the accident to determine your rights.
  • If you are injured by a piece of equipment that fell off a trailer, you could apply for workers’ compensation from your employer and still make a case against the delivery company.
  • If your injury was caused by a dangerous or defective product, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the product.

Different remedies may be available to you whenever the facts change. It is important for your lawyer to learn the details of what happened.

If you or a loved one has been injured or if a family member has been killed as a result of an oilfield or industrial accident here in New Mexico, do not hesitate to call Sanders, Bruin, Coll & Worley, P.A. to discuss your case. Even if the employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, many times other parties are responsible for the injuries and the only way to determine if you have a claim is through consulting with a lawyer at Sanders, Bruin, Coll & Worley, P.A. With personal experience in the “oil patch”, we can help. We have knowledge of the industry.

Located in Roswell and Albuquerque, New Mexico, we can meet with you at our law firm, or in some cases, we will travel to meet you. Contact us at any time for a free consultation with an attorney experienced in the area of industrial and oilfield accidents.

Oil Field and Natural Gas

Drilling for oil and natural gas has always been a dangerous endeavor. Today, oil fields are still one of the most dangerous places to work. Heavy machinery, toxic and flammable chemicals, explosions, and rigging accidents are just some of the everyday hazards facing oil field workers. Serious injury or death are typical results from oil field accidents and explosions.

When you have been injured on the job, workers compensation may be one source that helps you to pay for medical bills and to account for lost wages. But if your injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, you may have other avenues of recovery.

If you have been injured while working on a oil field or natural gas site, you need the help of an attorney to evaluate your case and explain your rights.

With our office in Roswell, we are in the heart of Southeastern New Mexico, where many natural gas and oil field services companies base their operations in the state. Call to schedule an initial consultation at either of our offices in Roswell or Albuquerque, whichever is convenient for you.

Construction

Construction sites have numerous hazards, and construction accidents are common. When you are out on a building site, any moment can turn dangerous or deadly, even with the safety measures in place on many job sites.

Hard hats and work boots are protective measures that may not prevent some of the most serious injuries resulting from the collapse or failure of scaffolding, defective equipment or power tools, roof or wall collapse, or electrocution.

Our construction accident attorneys understand the danger of job sites, whether from the negligence of people or defects in structures or in tools. If you or your family member has been the victim of a construction accident, schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys in Albuquerque or Roswell. We will evaluate your potential construction accident case and inform you of your legal rights.

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