Injuries In Oil Fields And Other Industrial Sites
The recent increase in oil and natural gas prices has resulted in a dramatic resurgence of industry activity in New Mexico — one of the largest oil and gas producing states. Along with this increase in activity, there has been an increase in oil field accidents and injuries.
Such accidents occur when companies fail to take reasonable steps to avoid dangerous scenarios. Indeed, most accidents are preventable and result from 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 Law Firm today for a free consultation. Based in Roswell, we serve throughout the state.
Types Of Oil Field Injuries
Oil field injuries can be severe. Too often, they lead to serious long-term disability that prevents the injured person from returning to work. This creates a financial hardship in the form of medical bills and lost wages. The most common accidents arise from:
- Overworked employees
- Defective or inappropriate equipment
- Inadequate safety programs
- Toxic fumes
- Inexperienced employees
- Tank explosion
- Substance abuse
- Inadequate policies and procedures
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. In some cases it will be your employer, enabling you to file a workers’ compensation claim. In others, there may be a third party at fault, in which case a personal injury claim may be possible to pursue additional compensation.
Different remedies may be available to you whenever the facts change. It is important for your lawyer to learn the details of what happened. To learn more, reach out to us today. You can call Sanders Law Firm at 575-578-4392 or contact us online. We’re always prepared to help. Initial consultations are free.