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Plant and Refinery Accident Lawyers

Were you hurt in a plant or oil refinery explosion accident? The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to hire a lawyer with experience in the oil and gas industry. You should be aware of your rights and options. More importantly, you need someone to fight for fair compensation.

Kemmy Law Firm is a family law firm, dedicated to helping accident victims in Hobbs, Albuquerque, and across the Permian Basin. We know how devastating accidents are for refinery workers in the local oil and gas industry. You work hard every day. Now, what are you going to do? You’re going to let us put our 50 years of combined experience and history of results to work for you. We’ve guided countless workers through the personal injury claim process and recovered millions in settlements and court awards.

We’ll get to the bottom of what happened after a refinery or oilfield accident, including the who, what, and why. Once we have evidence to support your claim, whether it’s a personal injury or wrongful death claim, we’ll demand maximum compensation. To schedule a free consultation, use our online form or call (575) 222-8549. There are no upfront fees. We only get paid when we recover compensation.

Should You Hire a Lawyer After an Oil Refinery Accident?

As a plant or oilfield worker in Hobbs, NM, you know to pursue a workers’ comp claim. But what if your employer doesn’t provide workers’ compensation insurance? Are there other options? You might have a legal claim against your employer or another party. Let Kemmy Law Firm evaluate your situation and rights.

We Lay Out Your Options

We carefully review your circumstances and explain what comes next. If your employer failed to provide workers’ comp insurances, you might be entitled to sue your employer. If you receive workers’ comp, you might have the right to file a separate lawsuit against a third party.

We’ll Conduct an Independent Investigation

One of the benefits of hiring a lawyer is getting an objective opinion. Kemmy Law Firm gets to the bottom of what happened and why at the oil refinery, plant, or other industry location. We’ll figure out who caused the accident and why there weren’t measures in place to prevent it. Our investigation allows us to collect the evidence necessary to prove another party acted negligently and caused your injuries.

We Review Plant Safety

Oil and gas businesses are required to follow federal and state health and safety regulations. Far too often, these regulations are overlooked. We look for evidence of any OSHA regulatory violations. We report any violations we find, whether they are related to your matter or not.

We Pursue Maximum Compensation

Another benefit of working with a lawyer is pursuing every available avenue for compensation. We work hard to get you all the compensation you deserve. There could be insurance policies or negligent parties involved that you didn’t consider right away.

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Common Hobbs, NM Plant and Refinery Accidents

We tackle all accident claims that arise in the oil and gas industry, including:

  • Slip and falls
  • Oil refinery fires
  • Natural gas explosions
  • Chemical exposure
  • Oilfield equipment accidents
  • Plant or refinery equipment accidents

Equipment Accidents in Plants and Refineries

Defective and malfunctioning equipment is all too common at plants and refineries. Though some equipment may arrive defective, it’s more common for equipment to become dangerous over time. Corrosion is one example. Businesses that fail to thoroughly inspect and maintain equipment put workers like you in harm’s way.

You may be injured because of a defective:

  • Pipeline
  • Boiler
  • Storage tank
  • Treatment tank
  • Heater
  • Pump
  • Crude desalting unit
  • Separation unit
  • Conversion unit
  • Treating unit

Plant and Refinery Injuries

Explosion and other tragic incidents at plants and refineries in New Mexico’s oil and gas industry cause serious harm. We are here to help whatever your injuries.

Kemmy Law Firm often represents workers suffering from severe burns after refinery accidents. These injuries require a great deal of care, including future surgeries. No matter the care you need – now and in the future, we fight hard to get you all the compensation you deserve.

In addition to burns, we often see the following after plant and refinery accidents:

  • Broken bones
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputations
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Respiratory injuries
  • Hearing injuries
  • Vision injuries

Our goal will always be to win you and your family maximum compensation. We know a settlement won’t fix your injuries or bring a loved one back, but it can help your family move forward after a serious industrial accident.

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Third-Party Liability Claims

After being hurt in a plant or refinery accident, it’s important to talk with a lawyer about who is liable. A business other than your employer might be responsible for what happened.

Third parties vary in these matters. Sometimes it’s a property owner, manufacturer, or another business responsible for a repair. Whatever the case, we can help you pursue a third-party liability claim.

Compensation in Third-Party Claims

Through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a third party, 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’ Compensation Claims

Your injuries might be covered by workers’ compensation, which is a no-fault insurance policy that employers provide for their employees. New Mexico law requires employers with three or more employees to prove workers’ comp.

If you are hurt while on the job, workers’ comp often covers your injuries. You don’t have to show who was at fault for the accident. Workers’ comp pays for your medical care and some of your lost income.

Can You Sue Your Employer?

If workers’ compensation covers you, then no, you usually can’t sue your employer. Your employer receives protection from liability by providing workers’ comp insurance. However, if you find out you don’t have workers’ comp, talk with Kemmy Law Firm about holding your employer responsible in court.

Our Verdicts and Settlements
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New Mexico Oil Field Worker Suffers Back Injury

We obtained a $2 Million settlement for a New Mexico Oil Field worker.

18-Wheeler Parks on Side of Road and Causes Catastrophic Injury

We recovered a confidential 7 figure settlement (in the millions) for a West Texas family man.

Child Suffers Closed Head Injury at Amusement Park

The Kemmy lawyers secured a $2.3 Million settlement.

Permanent Brain Injury

The Kemmy firm secured an $8 Million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered a brain injury when basic safety rules were violated.


Why We Are the Right Law Firm for You

There are other lawyers out there. What makes us right for you? Kemmy Law Firm is a family of highly experienced and compassionate trial attorneys. We extend the same care, attention, and respect we have for each other to our clients.

We make sure our clients never feel like another case file. To make sure you and your case receive plenty of attention, we don’t take on too many clients. We focus on the quality of representation, not the quantity of cases sitting on our desks.

As genuine trial attorneys, we also know how to win. Because many injury and wrongful death claims settle out of court, there are many firms with little-to-no litigation experience. That’s not us. We have real trial experience and believe in always being trial-ready. Even if we don’t need to argue your case before a judge and jury, our extensive preparations help us recover significant settlements.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes Plant & Refinery Accidents?

There could be countless causes for plant and refinery accidents in New Mexico. Defective equipment, negligent employers, and poorly trained co-workers could have all contributed to a plant and refinery accident. Aging and poorly maintained equipment is one of the main causes behind many oilfield accidents. Careful examination of the evidence involved in your case could determine the root cause of your accident.

Can You Get Fired for Reporting a Safety Violation?

No. Worker protection laws prohibit your employer from retaliating against you for reporting a safety violation or accident.

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.

Call a Plant Explosion Lawyer for Help

If you or a loved one have been seriously hurt in a refinery explosion accident, it’s time to learn about your rights and options. Act now and start the process of getting the compensation you need and deserve. Reach out to the Kemmy Law Firm, so our family-run firm can help.

Call (575) 222-8549 for a free, no-obligation consult. You’ll get all the information you need to make the right decision 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.

Contact Kemmy Law Firm Today

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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.