Oilfield worker sustains life-threatening internal injuries
This case involved both a catastrophic personal injury lawsuit in Santa Fe, N.M., and a commercial litigation indemnity case in Houston. Our client, the owner of a well servicing company, suffered serious, life-threatening internal injuries when he was crushed by an unsecured, suddenly pressured pipeline at a well he was servicing in New Mexico. Because his contract with the drilling company included an indemnity agreement that could have prevented our client from seeking damages in the event of an on-site accident, our attorneys had to fight the indemnity agreement (on the basis that the poor maintenance at the well effectively nullified the indemnity agreement). Once they won that case in Houston, our legal team was able to pursue the personal injury lawsuit and obtained a large settlement that will care for our client and his family. The successful lawsuit over the indemnity agreement also left our client’s well service company intact and able to continue providing jobs to his community.