Excavations are a common part of almost all construction sites. From trenches to foundation walls, there are many times when workers will need to work near or in an excavation. The fact that excavation work is so common can cause people to fail to consistently recognize the danger that a trench represents.
A trench collapse can result in catastrophic or fatal injuries almost immediately. If a worker is inside of the trench when it collapses he or she may be crushed or asphyxiated by the time he or she is removed from the collapsed trench. Trench collapses can happen for a number of reasons, including:
- Failing to buttress
- Piling dirt near edge of trench
- Trenching on improper grade
FALLING INTO A TRENCH
In addition to the risk of collapses trenches pose a hazard for workers who may fall into them. Failing to install guardrails or operating heavy machinery too close to the edge of a trench can result in workers falling into a trench and possibly collapsing it onto themselves.
The injuries which can be suffered from a trench accident are serious. Recovery may be lengthy and require extensive medical care and time off from work. You deserve to be compensated for your losses.
AV PREEMINENT* RATED REPRESENTATION FOR THOSE INJURED IN A TRENCH ACCIDENT
At Trapp & Geller, we have been helping people secure the compensation they need after accidents for 30 years. We understand personal injury law and how to win for our clients in negotiations and at trial. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients and we can help you secure the full compensation you need for you recovery.
THIRD-PARTY CLAIMS/WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
We help those who have been injured in trench accidents which may have been caused by third parties such as a subcontractor or other party, as well as helping those who are pursuing workers’ compensation claims.
CONTACT THE CHICAGO TRENCH COLLAPSE ACCIDENT LAWYERS OF TRAPP & GELLER
After a trench accident, seek legal counsel immediately. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Chicago trench accident attorneys, call 312-818-2591 or contact us online.