Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the US. Construction workers are at risk to a wide range of injuries that can occur due to defective equipment, lack of proper safeguards, and the negligence of others.
Working in a trench can be especially dangerous, and it’s important that special safety measures be undertaken to protect workers. If a trench collapses, the worker can be trapped and crushed by heavy soil, which can cause serious personal injury, suffocation, or accidental death within minutes. We are available to represent injured workers and their families throughout Washington, including Kent, Auburn, Federal Way, Renton, Des Moines, SeaTac, Maple Valley, Ravensdale, Covington, and Black Diamond.
Investigation of Trench Collapse Injuries and Death
If a trench collapse results in injuries or death to a worker, a thorough accident investigation should be undertaken to determine the cause. Trench collapse can occur for many reasons, including the failure to comply with established safety standards, inaccurate assumptions concerning soil stability, or worker negligence.
Worker’s Compensation Benefits
In the State of Washington, workers injured on the job are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. Additionally, if a worker’s injuries were caused by the negligence of a third party such as another general contractor, another employee on the site, or a manufacturer of defective equipment, the worker may be also be able to recover from such third party. As a result, a critical part of the investigation in trench collapse cases is to identify all potential persons, companies, and entities responsible for the trench collapse so that each of them can be held accountable for their share of liability.
How We Help Clients
If you’ve been injured in a trench collapse or other construction accident, contact our personal injury law firm. Our attorneys have represented personal injury victims for years, and provide experienced and dedicated accident and injury representation.
We will be happy to meet with you so that we may learn more about your case and explain your options for seeking recovery. There is no obligation or cost for this meeting, and our representation is undertaken on a contingency fee basis. If you hire our firm, we will work hard to obtain fair compensation for the injuries that occurred.
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