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Boston Trench & Excavation Accidents Attorney

Digging trenches and other excavation work below ground level is some of the most dangerous work that is performed on construction sites. The injuries caused by trench and excavation collapse are often catastrophic, and on top of the physical injuries many victims also deal with mounting financial burdens after an accident, as well. The Law Office of Joseph Linnehan, Jr. promises to zealously advocate for you or your loved one after a trench or excavation accident in the Boston area and get your family the compensation they deserve after an accident. To schedule a free consultation with a Boston trench & excavation accident attorney, call or contact us today.

Common Types of Trench and Excavation Accidents

There are many unknown factors when digging happens on a construction site, and in many cases of trench and excavation accidents the dangers are not apparent until it is too late. The most often cited causes of these types of accidents involve the following:

  • Striking underground utilities (gas, electric, water),
  • Excavators tipping over,
  • Excavators striking a person,
  • Trench collapse,
  • Vehicles or machinery falling into trenches,
  • People falling into trenches,
  • Low oxygen situations, and
  • Injuries to bystanders

Trench and Excavation Injuries

According to OSHA, people die in trench and excavation accidents every month, and many more are injured in these types of accidents across the United States. The injuries sustained in trench and excavation accidents are usually severe, resulting in devastating injuries and extended medical treatment for recovery. Commonly reported injuries after these accidents include:

  • Crushing injuries,
  • Traumatic brain injuries,
  • Spinal cord injuries,
  • Hypoxia,
  • Bone fractures,
  • Respiratory damage,
  • Burns,
  • Amputation injuries,
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage,
  • Paralysis, and
  • Death

Given the severity of these injuries, it is critical that victims of trench and excavation injuries seek legal representation from a highly skilled and experienced injury attorney, like those at The Law Office of Joseph Linnehan, Jr.

Getting You the Compensation that You Deserve

Injured workers in trench and excavator accidents are entitled to collect workers’ compensation under Massachusetts law. The purpose of workers’ compensation is to cover all costs associated with a workplace accident regardless of fault in exchange for giving up the right to sue their employer. Employees covered by workers’ compensation are entitled to the following:

  • Temporary total incapacity wage benefits,
  • Temporary partial incapacity wage benefits,
  • Permanent and total incapacity wage benefits
  • Coverage of all related medical expenses,
  • Vocational rehabilitation, and
  • Compensation for scarring or disfigurement

In fatal trench or excavation accidents, the family of the victim is also entitled to additional survivors benefits as well as coverage of all funeral and burial costs.

However, trench and excavation accidents also have the potential to injure bystanders and others who are not working at the construction site. These accident victims can seek compensation through a personal injury claim, which entitles them to the following damages:

  • Medical bills,
  • Lost wages,
  • Property damage,
  • Loss of future income and benefits,
  • Pain and suffering,
  • Emotional distress,
  • Disability and disfigurement, and
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Talk to Our Office Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trench or excavation accident in the Boston area, call or contact The Law Office of Joseph Linnehan, Jr. today to schedule a free consultation.

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