New Jersey Trench Collapses Workers’ Comp Lawyers
When Workers Are Hurt, We Fight for Their Rights
Sometimes, construction workers are required to work below ground. Workers dig deep trenches then work inside them. Safety precautions are taken, but a construction accident can lead to a collapse that leaves workers with serious injuries. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Shebell & Shebell, LLC fight for injured New Jersey workers.
Heavy equipment, such as an excavator, may be used to dig a trench on a construction site. Trenches can be anywhere between five feet and 20 feet deep. They may be dug to:
- Pour foundations
- Install sewer lines
- Lay down water or gas pipes
- Bury electrical conduit
Safety measures are used to help protect workers in trenches, but an accident can cause a trench to collapse, burying the workers inside in dirt and debris. It can be a life-threatening situation and workers who are rescued in time can still suffer serious injuries.
Workers can suffer a wide range of injuries, depending on the situation. These injuries include broken bones and injuries to the head, neck, shoulder and back. Workers may suffocate or suffer internal injuries. If there is water in the trench, they can drown. If there was an electrical current, they can suffer burns or electrocution.
Attorneys Who Know How To Get Results
A trench collapse injury can have a significant impact on workers and their families. Injured workers may need surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy and medication. Recovery can take months or longer. Medical expenses can add up quickly, just as income goes down because the workers are not able to do their jobs.
When a worker is injured, the state’s workers’ compensation system is supposed to help. The cost of all reasonable and necessary medical treatment is supposed to be covered. Injured workers are supposed to receive partial wages while they are left unable to work. It doesn’t always work out quite like that.
The fact is that employers and insurance companies don’t have the best interests of injured workers in mind. Employers want workers to get back to work, as soon as possible. Insurance companies want to save money. They will look for ways to minimize workers’ compensation claims so they can pay less. This leaves workers without the benefits they need and deserve.
We’ve Been Helping Injured Workers For Generations
That’s why you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to fight for you. We are very familiar with the tactics used by insurance companies to deny you benefits. Our attorneys build strong cases built on facts and present convincing cases to workers’ compensation judges on your behalf. We are dedicated to helping you get the benefits you deserve.
An insurance company may demand that you undergo an independent medical examination (IME) with a doctor of their choosing. We can help you prepare for the examination to make sure the doctor has all needed information. We can also arrange for you to get a second opinion from a reputable doctor or specialist.
Our law firm has been helping injured workers since 1927. We are determined to help you get the full amount of benefits you should be getting. We represent you at every step of the appeals process. Many times, we can negotiate a settlement of your claim. We are always ready to fight for your benefits in court, if that’s what it takes.
If you were hurt in a trench collapse, learn more about how we can help you with your claim. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our workers’ compensation attorneys. Our offices are located in Shrewsbury and Newark.