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Oil Well Blowout Accident Lawyers in Hobbs, NM

The oil and gas industries are some of the most dangerous lines of work. If you work in natural gas fields, fracking and horizontal drilling are common.

When oil well blowouts occur, so can catastrophic and life-threatening injuries. Knowing how oil well blowouts happen and who could be at fault would help you recover the compensation you need after a work-related injury.

Let our oil well blowout accident lawyers in Hobbs, NM at Kemmy Law Firm help to maximize your financial recovery. Start working on your case as soon as today when you contact our office for a free consultation at (432) 400-0000.

What is an Oil Well Blowout?

An oil well blowout—or gusher—is an uncontrolled release of crude oil, natural gas, or a combination of both. When pressure systems fail, oil gushes out of the well at an alarming rate, increasing the risk for fires, explosions, and other catastrophic disasters.

What Causes an Oil Well Blowout?

Oil drilling creates high mud pressure that needs to be carefully monitored alongside the natural gas formation pressure.

If at any point, the formation pressure exceeds the rate of the drilling mud pressure, the risk of an oil well blowout significantly increases. For this reason, the monitoring of drilling fluid pressure is essential when gas or oil is being extracted.

Failure to monitor drilling fluid pressure and utilizing blowout preventers (BOPs) could cause the oil well operator to lose control of the oil well. When the owner of the oil rig or oil well operator fails to maintain control over the oil well and prevent pressure build up, gushers occur.

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What Are the Risks Involved?

Given the flammable nature of oil and gas, a blowout could go from bad to worse quickly. Hot equipment and tools combined with worker negligence could ignite the oil and gas, causing a fire to break out and potentially lead to an explosion—putting everyone in the surrounding area at risk. Not only could workers suffer from severe injuries like burns, it could also cost them their lives. In this case, the decedent’s surviving family could bring forward a wrongful death claim.

You must take preventative measures to protect against oil well blowouts. Utilizing blowout preventers and testing tools before commencing a drilling operation could both help to eliminate the risk of severe injury or death due to a blowout.

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Who’s At Fault for an Oil Well Blowout?

Generally, the use of faulty BOPs, lack of sufficient supervision during oil pressure monitoring, and other types of negligence have been known to cause oil well blowouts.

When this happens, anyone working on the oil rig, the owner of the oil well, the well operator, equipment developers, maintenance professionals, manufacturers, producers, sellers, and other third parties could all share liability. Only an in-depth investigation of your case by an oil well blowout attorney in Hobbs, NM will uncover the truth.


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How to Recover Compensation from an Oil Well Blowout Accident

When oil well blowouts occur, the explosions can cause significant burn injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, loss of limbs, and fatal injuries. You may have the right to take legal action if you were injured on an oil rig or lost a loved one who was working on an oil well at the time of an oil well blowout.

When you have suffered catastrophic injuries in an oil well blowout accident, there are multiple ways you may obtain the compensation you need to get by.

Benefits Through Workers’ Comp

First, you may have the opportunity to file a claim with your employer’s workers’ comp insurance provider. In the majority of oil rig accidents, victims can get their medical expenses covered, receive disability benefits, and obtain vocational rehabilitation benefits if their injuries are so severe they cannot continue working on oil wells.

However, workers’ comp benefits are not always enough to cover your damages in full. When this happens, you may require additional financial support to cover your necessary expenses.

Lawsuits for Oil Well Blowouts

By filing a third-party liability claim against the individual or entity responsible for causing the accident, you could maximize your compensation. At trial, you could recover compensation for every loss, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Personal property damages
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional trauma
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of employee benefits
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Punitive damages
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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What is a Blowout Preventer?

Blowout preventers are safety valves that help to prevent fluids from escaping the oil well hole and causing a blowout.

What Are the Different Types of Blowouts?

There are three types of blowouts, and they all differ depending on where the blowout occurred. There are surface blowouts, underground blowouts, and underwater blowouts. Surface blowouts are the most common and require surrounding wells to be drilled in order to the relieve pressure. Underground blowouts occur below the surface and involve high-pressurized formations flowing up to low-pressurized formations. Underwater blowouts occur on offshore drilling rigs and are the hardest to contain.

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.

Get Help From Our Hobbs, NM Oil Well Blowout Accident Lawyers

When your oil well blowout injuries have taken over your life, exercise your legal rights and fight for the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to. Learn how to make the insurance company pay and maximize your compensation when you contact our oil well blowout accident lawyers in Hobbs, NM at Kemmy Law Firm.

Schedule your 100% free and confidential case review as soon as today by completing our online contact form or calling our office at (432) 400-0000.


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    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!
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    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!
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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.