Drilling Rig Accident Lawyers in Hobbs, New Mexico

There are countless ways an oilfield worker can get injured. If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a drilling accident in Hobbs, New Mexico, the best thing to do is call an experienced oilfield injury lawyer. Whether you are hurt or grieving, you are going through a lot. It helps to have a drilling rig accident attorney explain your options and advise you on the best way to pursue compensation.

Kemmy Law Firm is driven to help oil and gas workers in Hobbs. We know the oil and gas industry can attract workers with high wages. But the work is dangerous, and all too often, something goes wrong. Whether you have been hurt or lost a relative, we are here to help you recover. We have more than 50 years of combined experience and have recovered millions for our clients.

Let us figure out what happened. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, contact us online, or call (575) 222-8549. If you choose to work with us, there are no upfront or hourly fees. We only get paid after we win compensation.

Should You Hire a Lawyer After a Drilling Rig Accident?

If you’re a Hobbs oilfield worker, then you likely know to file a workers’ compensation claim after an accident. But do you know what to do if it turns out you don’t have workers’ comp insurance? By talking with a lawyer at Kemmy Law Firm, you’ll learn more about your options after a drilling or oilfield accident.

We Explain Your Options

There are several possibilities after an oilfield accident. In addition to a workers’ comp claim, you may have the right to sue a third party. Filing a third-party lawsuit can help recover more compensation. If you learn your employer didn’t provide worker’s compensation insurance, then you may have the right to file a lawsuit against your employer.

We Investigate the Cause of the Drilling Accident

Whether it was a blowout, explosion, or machinery malfunction, we will gather and review the evidence. This is an advantage of hiring an experienced law firm. You benefit from an independent investigation instead of relying on what your employer or the insurance company says. Our oilfield accident lawyers will figure out who acted carelessly or maliciously and caused your injuries.

We Investigate OSHA Violations

New Mexico oil and gas businesses must adhere to federal and state health and safety regulations, including those by OSHA. We look for signs of regulatory violations during our investigation. One or more offenses may support your claim, though we will report any violations, whether or not they are relevant to your case.

We Pursue Max Compensation

There is a reason we take a comprehensive and aggressive approach to drilling accidents. The more information we have, the better our chance of recovering the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.

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Common Accidents on New Mexico Drilling Rigs

We’ve handled oilfield accidents on drilling rigs for decades. We are passionate about helping oilfield workers recover the maximum compensation possible for their injuries, no matter the type of accident.

Common oil drilling rig accidents include:

  • Equipment Failure
  • Falls from heights
  • Falling objects
  • Truck Crashes
  • Drilling rig or oil well explosion
  • Fires
  • Exposure to H2S and hazardous materials
  • Rig collapse or capsize

Drilling Rig Injuries

If you are a Hobbs oilfield worker who gets hurt on the job, we are here to help. With over five decades of experience in catastrophic injury cases, we understand the nature and severity of oil rig injuries and death. This allows us to pursue full compensation for your injuries.

Common drilling rig injuries include:

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Third-Party Liability Claims in New Mexico

After a drilling accident, it is essential to discover what happened, why it happened, and who is liable. Our oilfield accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate to get the whole story. If it turns out that someone from outside of your employer was at fault, then you may sue the third party.

Third parties can be a wide range of people and businesses, such as manufacturers of defective equipment, an independent contractor, an employee from another company, or a property owner.

Compensation in a Third-Party Liability Claim

If you have the right to file a third-party liability lawsuit, then you can demand compensation for:


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If you’re looking for a law firm, where you’re not just another client. I can say from personal experience, you have found the right place at The Kemmy Law Firm. Everyone there always treated us amazingly. Not at any time were we in the dark, not knowing what was going on. Either Tom, Nick or Melissa would give us updates often on the case and explain to us the next steps. Which this made us feel like we were the only case they had. They fought for us as if they were fighting for their own family. They were compassionate about making sure we were going to be all right during the case as well as the years after the case. We are so thankful we found the Kemmy Law Firm and you will be too. Thank you Tom, Nick, and Melissa and everyone at The Kemmy Law Firm.

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Workers’ Comp Claims in New Mexico

In New Mexico, most employers are required to provide workers’ comp to their employers. When you have workers’ comp, you don’t have to worry about proving who caused your injuries. The insurance will cover your medical care and pay you a portion of your lost wages.

Suing an Employer in Hobbs

When workers’ compensation insurance covers you, you typically can’t sue your employer. However, if your employer doesn’t provide workers’ comp, talk with us about filing a lawsuit against the business.

Our Verdicts and Settlements
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Permanent Brain Injury

The Kemmy Firm secured an $8.6 million settlement on behalf of a woman who suffered a permanent brain injury after three years of hard-fought litigation.

Permanent Spinal Cord Injury

The Kemmy Law Firm, P.C. obtained the second largest medical negligence verdict in Texas for 2017 ($13.5 million).

Total Destruction of West Texas Business

The Kemmy team secured a confidential settlement for a group of Well Owners who were forced to shut down their oil related business with a $20 Million market value.

Permanent Spine Injury for Iowa Insurance Agent

We recovered $3 Million for a family whose breadwinner and patriarch suffered a severe spinal cord injury.


Why Kemmy Law Firm Is Right for You

It can be tough finding the right law firm after a drilling rig accident in the Permian Basin. Many firms advertise as representing oilfield workers. But at Kemmy Law Firm, we are more than personal injury or wrongful death attorneys. We are a family, and we treat each client who walks through our doors like we do our relatives. You will always be treated with compassion and respect and never made to feel like just another case file.

We also stand out through our trial experience. We are highly experienced trial lawyers who are never afraid to take a case before a judge or jury. Though many drilling accident claims are resolved without going to trial, we believe in always being prepared for that possibility. It is through our extensive preparation that we can negotiate significant settlements for our clients. In the past two years, we’ve recovered over $50 million in settlements and verdicts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Do After an Oilfield Accident?

You should get medical treatment immediately after the accident. Then, report the accident to your supervisor and inform them of your injuries. Gather photos and videos if you can as this could strengthen your injury claim.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim in New Mexico?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Mexico is three years. Since this is a work injury, you will have to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer. You must notify your employer of the accident or injury within 15 days and complete a Notice of Accident form.

How Much Compensation Can I Receive in My Settlement?

The compensation you receive varies on a case-by-case basis. Oilfield accidents are especially devastating, and the injuries you experienced might require ongoing care, which results in medical bills and other expenses, not to mention non-economic damages like pain and suffering. Essentially, the more damages you incurred from your accident; the more compensation you might receive.

What Are the Worst Oilfield Accidents?

Oilfield accidents occur all over the world, and they range in severity. Deepwater Horizon is the most infamous oilfield accident and remains as being the largest oil spill in the history of marine oil drilling operations. There are countless other disasters that have left a significant impact on those involved and their families, such as Piper Alpha, Ocean Ranger, and Bohai 2 to name a few.

Call a Hobbs Drilling Rig Accident Lawyer Today

We recommend calling (575) 222-8549 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation as soon as possible after an oilfield or drilling rig accident. Our family-run firm has over 50 years of combined experience helping individuals in New Mexico and Texas. We are proud to represent oil and gas workers in Hobbs and Lea County, New Mexico.

You also can reach us through our online form, and you only pay us after we recover compensation for you and your family.

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  • Avatar R N ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    Nick was very easy to deal with. Very professional and understood the case very well. I hope to not have to work with him again (because not wanting another injury), but, if I do, I will work with again. Thanks for everything!
  • Avatar Manuel Arteaga ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    We were looking for someone to takeour case and We were unresponsive from some layers, either from well recogniced firms and I'm so grateful for that because since the first day that we spoke with Nick we knew that we will be well … More represented. He was very honest, clear, diligent and communicative thru the process. His work ethics are first class. I put him as a role model for my kids to know How a Profesional Person should be. Words are less of how greatfull we are to count with Him to represent us. Thank you Nick and your Team. Many Blessings!
  • Avatar Cynthia Garza ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    This law firm is professional , diligent and cares about their client. They were
    able to settle our suit at the first round of mediation. We were well informed about the process and knew what to expect.. The staff kept us informed and responded
    … More in a timely fashion to all correspondence .
  • Avatar Stuart Kunkel ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    I should have called Kemmy Law Firm, P.C. first
    For six months I have been dealing with an insurance company that would not reimburse me for a rental car I paid for out of pocket.
    I spoke to 10 different attorneys and nobody could help
    … More me.
    Then I called the Kemmy Law Firm, P.C. during a 15 minute phone call I got a Professional, Direct, Legal consultation that set me on the right course to handle my situation.
    The Kemmy Law Firm, P.C. is Polite, Respectful, and Sincerely Care about You enough to explain the legality of the Law with patience.
  • Avatar Jerry Guillen ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    Tom Kemmy helped me with a case about 20 years ago involving an insurance claim I had issues with and we were able to get the insurance to pay their part. I was very satisfied with Tom’s service. Also throughout the years since Tom has … More referred me and guided me in the right direction for legal questions. He is certainly a great person also because I personally know of him helping a grieving family that suffered the loss of 2 family members and he helped them gracefully. Thanks Tom for all you do.

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Get a free consultation. We do not charge up-front fees, and you owe nothing unless you recover compensation.

When you work with us at Kemmy Law Firm, you are working with a family run firm with more than 50 years of combined experience. We are dedicated and successful trial attorneys practicing in West TX, Hobbs, NM, Midland-Odessa, and across the Permian Basin. Our team handles everything from catastrophic injury claims to complex business matters. We are here to fight for you. We dedicate our time and attention to your case and use every resource available to maximize your claim and obtain the best possible outcome.