New Mexico

Oilfield Accident Attorneys

If there’s one thing that New Mexico workers know, it’s oil.

But the oil and gas industry has one of the highest rates of workplace injuries in the state. And when companies cut corners or safety standards aren’t met, people can get seriously hurt.

That’s where Stewart + Harmonson comes in. We’ve represented New Mexico workers injured in oilfield accidents, and we know how to make sure that you get the full compensation you deserve for your injuries. When it comes to catastrophic injuries in the oilfield, we know how to guide you every step of the way.

Call (575) 333-HELP to schedule your consultation

New Mexico

Oilfield Accident Attorneys

If there’s one thing that New Mexico workers know, it’s oil.

Call (575) 333-HELP to schedule your consultation

But the oil and gas industry has one of the highest rates of workplace injuries in the state. And when companies cut corners or safety standards aren’t met, people can get seriously hurt.

That’s where Stewart + Harmonson comes in. We’ve represented New Mexico workers injured in oilfield accidents, and we know how to make sure that you get the full compensation you deserve for your injuries. When it comes to catastrophic injuries in the oilfield, we know how to guide you every step of the way.

“Clark Harmonson is stellar. Every step of the way he was patient and explained in great detail my options every step of the way. My case was incredibly complicated yet he put in 110% and ensured I understood all that was occurring throughout the process.”

- Justin G.

What can cause oilfield accidents in New Mexico

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has safety requirements and regulations that must be met on oil and gas fields. These regulations range from training requirements to equipment maintenance standards.

But when these standards aren’t met, conditions can quickly become dangerous for workers.

Here are some of the most common causes of oilfield accidents:

  • Defective equipment and machinery
  • Personal protection equipment failures
  • Oil truck accidents & collisions
  • Heavy equipment collapses & dropped objects
  • Confined space collapses
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Poisoning incidents
  • Hazardous material exposure
  • Defective equipment and machinery
  • Personal protection equipment failures
  • Oil truck accidents & collisions
  • Heavy equipment collapses & dropped objects
  • Confined space collapses
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Poisoning incidents
  • Hazardous material exposure
When these accidents are the result of negligent behavior of your employer, coworkers, or a third party, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Common oilfield accident injuries in New Mexico

Oilfield accident injuries can range from minor to life-threatening.

Here are some examples of common serious injuries that can occur in the oilfield:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Amputations and crush injuries
  • Vision and hearing loss
  • Burns
  • Lacerations
  • Inhalation and exposure to dangerous gases and substances
  • Electrocution

Here are some examples of common serious injuries that can occur in the oilfield:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Amputations and crush injuries
  • Vision and hearing loss
  • Burns
  • Lacerations
  • Inhalation and exposure to dangerous gases and substances
  • Electrocution

How do oil companies try to avoid responsibility?

If you’re injured in a workplace accident in the oilfield, you might want to seek compensation from the oil company. Unfortunately, our experience has taught us that these companies will do anything to avoid taking responsibility.

Most likely, the negligent oil or service company will trot out a lineup of supervisors, insurance adjusters, and company lawyers to explain why they were not at fault for your injuries.

Here are some of the ways they might try to discredit your claim:

  • Taking recorded statements without the presence of a lawyer
  • Hiring private investigators to follow and record the injured worker
  • Blaming the injured worker for failing to “stop work” or perform a complete hazard analysis before starting the job
  • Obtaining conflicting statements from co-workers or “experts” hired by the company after the accident
  • Minimizing the severity of the worker’s injuries through the testimony of company workers
  • Using anything the injured worker or their family members post on social media to claim that the worker is exaggerating or lying about their injuries
Our job as your attorneys is to conduct a full scale investigation to determine each and every source of recovery for our clients, including pursuing claims against other companies and subs who are on site that may have contributed or caused your injuries.

Here are some of the ways they might try to discredit your claim:

  • Taking recorded statements without the presence of a lawyer
  • Hiring private investigators to follow and record the injured worker
  • Blaming the injured worker for failing to “stop work” or perform a complete hazard analysis before starting the job
  • Obtaining conflicting statements from co-workers or “experts” hired by the company after the accident
  • Minimizing the severity of the worker’s injuries through the testimony of company workers
  • Using anything the injured worker or their family members post on social media to claim that the worker is exaggerating or lying about their injuries
Our job as your attorneys is to conduct a full scale investigation to determine each and every source of recovery for our clients, including pursuing claims against other companies and subs who are on site that may have contributed or caused your injuries.

Damages you can recover in an oilfield accident claim

Even if the oil company--or your insurance company--tries to shift the blame for your injuries, our job is to make sure you receive the compensation and resources you need to move forward with your life.

Here are some potential damages you can recover to make that happen:

  • Medical expenses
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of financial support or companionship (in case of death)

How Stewart + Harmonson can help you recover compensation for an oilfield accident injury

The most important thing you can do after being injured is contact a personal injury lawyer with experience in oilfield workplace accidents. Our experienced attorneys at Stewart + Harmonson can help walk you through every step of the claims process.

We’ll help determine the best way to report your accident and gather the necessary evidence to support your claim. Then, if necessary, we’ll help you file a lawsuit and represent you in court.

We have over 40 combined years of experience helping survivors of catastrophic truck and oilfield accidents and their families obtain the compensation they deserve to move forward with their lives, and we’re here to help you do the same.

Call (575) 333-HELP to schedule your consultation

Contact Stewart + Harmonson today

At Stewart + Harmonson, representing oilfield workers injured in workplace accidents is what we do.
If you’ve been injured in a New Mexico oilfield accident and you think you might be entitled to compensation from your employer, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and talk about your case.
Call (575) 333-HELP to schedule your consultation
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    “Stephen Stewart and his associates are the most amazing people. They’re all caring and very personable. They got us everything we needed and even more! We’re beyond grateful for them.”

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