Chicago Excavation Accident Attorney
Excavation is an extremely hazardous construction operation. While the Occupational Health and Safety Administration notes that cave-ins are a common cause of worker fatalities, cave-ins are not the only risk for workers involved in excavation projects.
Other types of excavation accidents can include:
- Worker falls
- Loads falling on an excavation worker
- Hazardous materials released at an excavation site
- Equipment rollover
- Equipment failure
In addition to the usual legal requirement that employers ensure safe working conditions for their employees, Chicago Code sets forth a number of requirements for excavation projects. If your injury resulted from the actions of a third party, you may have powerful legal options to pursue. You may achieve a settlement that is much greater than what is available through your employer’s workers’ compensation coverage.
Experienced Construction Litigators
For decades, the Chicago excavation accident attorneys at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates have worked to ensure that hard-working families in Illinois receive the settlements they deserve then their lives have been devastated by workplace injuries.
Our efforts have resulted in more than $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for these deserving men and women. Many of these clients had been told that they “had no case” by other personal injury law firms. They had also been advised to accept a settlement that was far below what was achieved by our litigation team at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates.
A no-cost consultation will enable us to determine the strength of your case. You can do this by phone, or by using the “Live Chat” function on this website. We urge you to contact us a soon as possible, while the details of the incident are fresh. We have the greatest opportunities to gather evidence, including photographs and statements from witnesses, or investigate faulty machinery, or other vital pieces of evidence to support your case.
What Safeguards Are Required to Prevent Injuries?
An excavation site is in a constant state of change. Today’s trench and tomorrow’s trench are not the same. Safety can only be ensured if appropriate procedures and systems in place and checked regularly. For example:
- Heavy equipment must be kept away from the edges of trenches.
- Surcharge loads should remain at least two feet away from the edge of the trenches.
- Constant attention must be paid to the proximity of underground utilities to the work area.
- Tests for toxic gases, low oxygen, and hazardous fumes must be conducted.
- Workers should never be asked to work under raised loads.
- Safe methods of exit and entrance (ladders, steps, ramps, etc.) must be in place and must be located within 25 feet of every worker.
Omissions of any vital safety matters greatly increase the liability of those responsible for the excavation project.
A Qualified Chicago Attorney Can Change Your Future
Excavation injuries can lead to permanent disabilities or loss of life. The damages pursued will include medical bills, the expenses associated with rehabilitation and continuing care, loss of income and loss of future earning potential and pain and suffering.
You are not likely to receive the full compensation that you deserve under the law if you do not have the support of a Chicago construction accident attorney with considerable experience in injury cases. There is a great gap between what “seems right” and what the law demands in establishing a powerful winning case.
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Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates will assume responsibility for all costs associated with establishing, presenting and, if necessary, litigating your case. You won’t be asked to pay us until we have achieved a settlement or verdict in your favor. Learn how we can help you by contacting our team of Chicago excavation accident lawyers today.