Mining Accident & Injury Lawyers in New Mexico
After a Serious Injury, You Need Skilled Litigators on Your Side. McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry Can Fight for You.
Due to the dangers inherent in the work, mining companies are required to follow detailed health and safety protocols to protect workers. If you or a loved one were hurt in a mining accident, our team is here to help you find justice. Let us investigate your case and help you understand your right to file against the manufacturer of defective equipment. We have been protecting workers who were seriously injured in preventable accidents since 1985. Reach out to McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry to see how our attorneys can help you.
Call us at (505) 405-4441 to schedule a free consultation with our New Mexico mining accident lawyers. We will fight for your rights against the company that hurt you—no matter how big or powerful it may be.
Causes of Mining Accidents
Nearly 4,000 miners were seriously injured or died on the job in 2019. Many of these accidents were preventable and many were caused by a company’s decision to prioritize production over safety. We have seen many types of catastrophes, including:
- Electrical accidents/electrocution
- Lack of training
- Machinery malfunction
- Machinery collisions
- Roof collapse
- Coal truck accidents
- Equipment failures
When a Third Party Is at Fault
Some mining accidents are the fault of a third-party contractor or manufacturers of equipment and tools necessary for the job. The motorized equipment and power tools used by miners can cause serious accidents if they are defectively designed or manufactured, even when workers are using equipment as expected.
The manufacturers of large machinery must consider how it may be hazardous when in use and add safeguards accordingly. They should also use high-quality parts and reliable manufacturing plants to prevent dangerous defects. It is imperative they always use the safest designs and construction possible to prevent worker injury.
In the past few years, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has tracked equipment recalls that affected miners including:
- Hard hats that failed upon impact
- Safety switches that failed to disconnect the power or lock out equipment
- Transporters with malfunctioning brakes
- Terminal boxes that could overheat due to a loose connection
Each of these failures is the result of negligence. Anyone who was injured by defective or malfunctioning equipment like the above should reach out to our attorneys. We can help investigate your accident to determine if a third party can be held liable.
How a Lawyer Can Help You Recover Damages
After any workplace accident, you should explore your options for workers’ compensation, regardless of who was at fault. If you believe a party other than your employer was to blame, or if you believe your employer knew its actions were substantially certain to cause you harm, you also need someone to advocate for your rights in an injury claim. Serious mining injuries can cause lifelong disability for which you may be entitled to compensation.
Having a respected legal team on your side shows insurance adjusters you are serious about getting what you deserve. It also takes the pressure of filing a claim off your shoulders. We are here to help you with catastrophic mining injuries like:
- Brain injury
- Crush accidents
- Loss of limb
- Spinal cord injury
- Wrongful death
Sustaining a life-changing injury may impact your ability to return to your job or even be a part of the workforce. It can also have tangible and emotional effects on your personal life. We want to help you fight for justice and secure your future.
Based in Albuquerque, our team is ready to do what it takes to help you after a serious mining accident, no matter where you are in the state. Filing an accident claim can help you recover the compensation you need to heal and support yourself and your loved ones. It can also force equipment manufacturers to face the consequences of selling dangerous equipment and make their products safer.
Workplace accidents are always tragic. By fighting for you, we can shine a light on the bad behavior that caused them and help drive change. Whether a company chooses to change its own internal policies or our lawmakers enact regulations in response to a claim, legal wins for workers can keep others from suffering in the same way you have. If you are ready to work with a team that fights for justice, you need McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry.