Legal Options After a Trench Collapse at a Construction Site
Few would argue that construction workers have a crucial role in society. Unfortunatley, although government regulations have been established to increase safety and reduce the chances of a construction accident, construction work is still one of the most dangerous industries. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that one out of every five workplace deaths occurs in the construction industry.
Trench collapse can be especially dangerous, resulting in catastrophic injuries and deaths. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a construction site trench collapse, you may be able to take legal action and recover financial compensation.
Trench Collapse Caused by Third-Party Negligence
In March of this year, two individuals were charged with first degree manslaughter after a trench collapsed on an employee and killed him. According to reports, there were no safety devices being used to hold the trench in place and prevent collapse. The trench had already collapsed twice on the day of the fatal accident, but actions were not taken to prevent another collapse.
The process of digging into the earth with heavy equipment takes skill and precision. When a trench is not properly dug and secured, workers are at risk of severe injury and death. Suffocation, electrocution, drowning, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries can all result from a trench collapse.
Determining fault in a trench collapse is often complicated. The collapse may have been caused by a general contractor who did not ensure proper ventilation of the workspace, an engineer who failed to ensure the trench was properly shored or shielded, or even the manufacturer of defective support beams or flawed protective equipment.
Contact our Orland Park Construction Site Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were involved in a trench accident, contact our Chicago construction accident attorneys for help. Our experienced team can investigate the circumstances of the accident and determine who may be legally responsible. We will work to hold this party accountable for the damages you suffered. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost income, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
If your loved one passed away in a fatal trench collapse, we will seek justice for your tragic loss and fight for compensation on your behalf. Call Schwartz Injury Law at 708-888-2160 for a free initial consultation to learn more.