Fighting for the rights of injured workers
Some construction work is done below ground, where workers dig and work in trenches on site. But despite taking safety precautions, trenches can collapse, leaving workers injured. These construction accident injuries can have a devastating impact on their entire family. Workers' compensation benefits are supposed to help, but the laws are complicated and the claims process can be frustrating.
The workers' compensation attorneys at Kotlar, Hernandez & Cohen, LLC in New Jersey fight for the rights of workers who have been hurt in trench collapses. Our firm has been helping injured workers since 1995. We have a thorough knowledge of the law and know how to build strong cases that get results.
Trenches are dug on construction sites to pour foundations, lay down water or sewer pipes, bury electrical conduit and facilitate other tasks. They are often more than five feet deep, sometimes reaching 20 feet or more in depth. Protective measures are required to prevent collapse. But an accident can cause the trench to suddenly cave in, burying construction workers in dirt and debris.
The injuries suffered in a trench collapse can be serious. They can include:
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Deep bruises
- Drowning (if water is present)
- Burns (if electrical current is present)
Construction workers injured in a trench collapse require medical treatment, which may involve surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy and medication. Recovery may take months, and some workers may be left with a permanent disability. In the meantime, there is no money coming in while the worker is unable to return to the job.
An experienced legal team on your side
Workers' compensation benefits are supposed to cover the cost of treatment and provide injured workers with wage benefits while they are unable to work. But reality is often much more complicated. Employers and insurance companies typically try to keep their costs down, and workers are left without the support they need and deserve.
Our firm is focused on helping injured workers get the workers' compensation benefits they should be receiving. We build strong cases and fight for you every step of the way - from appeals before the Division of Workers' Compensation to trials in front of a jury. We are only interested in a resolution of your case that meets your needs.