Work Related Injuries

The Oil and Gas Industry Can Be a Dangerous Place for Workers

The oil and gas industry has proven time and again that it is among the most dangerous industries for workers. Those that work in the oil and gas industry are subjected to some of the most hazardous industrial workplace condition in the United States. Yet in 2006 more than a half million workers were employed…

When An Attorney Is (and Isn‘t) Necessary in a Work-Related Injury Claim

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 3.1 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in 2010. A preliminary total of 4,547 fatal workplace injuries were reported for the same year. Most companies and employers in New Mexico are responsive to laws concerning job-related injuries. However, stories of how companies have refused to pay…

Disability Video Surveillance in Personal Injury Suits

Personal injury cases, especially those involving large insurance companies, can become extremely antagonistic. Sometimes, defendants will go to great lengths to avoid paying a personal injury claim. Many insurance companies conduct what has come to be called “disability video surveillance” in the hopes of proving that a plaintiff does not in fact suffer the injuries…

Medical Liens Can be Half the Battle in a New Mexico Personal Injury Case

Many personal injury victims are surprised and/or shocked to learn that there are many different lien holders that are going to get a piece of their settlement. On occasion, these liens may prevent a case from settling. On other occasions, the liens and the difficulty settling these liens may deter many attorneys from taking smaller…

Third Party Liability for Work Related Injuries

People are often injured at work. In fact, in 2007 alone, there were almost 4 million work related injuries over 5000 of which were fatal. On many occasions, these injuries are caused by individuals outside the injured worker‘s employer. The most immediate question that arises for an injured worker in this situation is who is…

Employers Protected from Liability for Gross Negligence Toward Employee Safety

The recent New Mexico Court of Appeals case of May v. DCP Midstream illustrates as clearly as anything the lack of worker‘s remedies for work injuries caused by their employer‘s negligence. The case shows the absolute disdain for worker safety embodied by the Worker‘s Compensation Act which is purportedly for the protection of workers. In…

Worker‘s Compensation Exclusivity for Injuries On the Way to Work!

The rights of workers in personal injury cases are extremely limited in New Mexico. Workers are typically limited to recovery through worker‘s compensation for work related injuries. It is amazing how far the courts will go to find the injuries to be work related to invoke workers‘ compensation exclusivity as indicated in seminal 1997 case…

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