Oil Field Accident Lawyer New Mexico
Many people in other states don’t realize just how much oil New Mexico produces for the rest of the country. In fact, in 2021, our state became the second-largest crude oil-producing state, after Texas, when it surpassed North Dakota. While the oil industry produces many jobs for workers, it also results in a high number of injuries for those workers. If work in the oil industry and have suffered a job-related injury or illness, contact an oil field accident lawyer New Mexico residents rely on to find out what legal options you may have.
Types of Accidents
While injuries can occur in many different ways, the most common kids of oil field accidents our law firm has handled include the following:
- Motor vehicle and other transportation
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Contact with equipment or other objects
- Fires and explosions
- Exposure to harmful substances (i.e. chemicals)
Working in oil fields is one of the most dangerous jobs there are. Our law firm has handled many cases where oil workers suffered catastrophic injuries while performing their expected job duties. Some of the more common include:
- Amputation of limbs or digits
- Back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Chemical burns
- Crushed limbs
- Electric burns
- Fractured bones
- Gas burns
- Head injuries
- Lung damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sludge-related injuries
Types of Accident Claims
There are two different types of compensation a New Mexico oil field accident lawyer can pursue on an injured worker’s behalf. The first is workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits include the coverage of all medical treatments and continued rehabilitation and therapy. Workers are also entitled to disability benefits to cover the lost wages the worker is suffering from being unable to work.
If the worker does not survive the accident, then their family is eligible to receive death benefits which are meant to cover the victim’s lost income and benefits, as well as funeral and burial expenses.
Another legal action an injured worker can pursue is a third-party liability claim against any party whose negligence was responsible for the worker’s fall. For example, if the worker fell because the scaffolding, they were on collapsed, and that scaffolding was shown to be defective, the injured worker could sue the manufacturer of the scaffolding.
Workers’ compensation only allows the victim to collect actual financial damages, while a third-party claim allows the victim to pursue damages for noneconomic damages, such as pain, suffering, emotional anguish, scarring, and disfigurement. An oil field injury lawyer can evaluate a victim’s case to determine which legal course of action would benefit them the most and what damages they may be entitled to.
Let Our Firm Advocate for You
If you are an injured oil worker, contact Roger Davie P.C. to meet with a New Mexico oil field accident lawyer to find out how we can help. There may be several complex liability issues that concern your case that requires the legal expertise and skill that our legal team offers. We have extensive experience in handling both workers’ compensation and third-party liability cases and will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve for the losses you have sustained.