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Excavation Accidents

Excavation AccidentsTrenching and excavation are dangerous activities present at many construction sites. These activities can create hazards for workers and others on the job site. If you’ve suffered an injury in an excavation accident in Brooklyn, NY, we can help.

Our Brooklyn excavation accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers have over 25 years of experience handling personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits. Since opening our law firm, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. 

Contact our law office today at (212) 564 2800 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced accident attorney. We take cases on a contingency fee basis. You do not pay any fees until we recover money for your case. 

How Our Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help if You’ve Been Injured in an Excavation Accident 

How Our Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help if You’ve Been Injured in an Excavation Accident Excavation accidents could fall under workers’ compensation. The accident could also involve a third party, which might result in a personal injury claim for additional compensation. An experienced Brooklyn construction accident lawyer can help you determine what types of claims you can file and how to maximize your compensation after an excavation accident. 

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers is a full-service personal injury law firm serving clients in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. Our Brooklyn personal injury attorneys have top ratings from Martindale-Hubbell. Numerous organizations have recognized us for our legal services, including The National Trial Lawyers and New York’s Top Verdicts & Settlements.

When you hire our award-winning Brooklyn injury lawyers, you can expect us to:

  • Evaluate and investigate the excavation accident to determine how it happened and who is responsible
  • Identify all sources of compensation to maximize your recovery for damages
  • Prepare and file all documents related to insurance claims and personal injury cases 
  • Work with your physicians to determine the extent and severity of your injuries
  • Calculate the value of your claim by carefully documenting all damages
  • Negotiate settlements for claims and prepare to take your case to court if we cannot reach a fair settlement 

Being injured on the job is an overwhelming experience. Our legal team is here to help you with every aspect of your case. Call now for a free case evaluation with an experienced excavation accident lawyer in Brooklyn, New York. 

What Causes Excavation Accidents in Brooklyn, NY?

Excavation is a depression, cavity, trench, or cut in the ground formed by removing earth. Trenching and excavation are required on construction sites for many reasons, including preparing foundations, laying footings, installing septic tanks, and laying sewer, water, and electric lines.

Many things can go wrong that could cause an excavation accident. 

Common causes of excavation accidents include:

  • Collapses and cave-ins, causing suffocation and other injuries 
  • Objects falling into a trench or excavation site, including materials, tools, and heavy equipment
  • Electrical injuries and electrocutions 
  • Flooding from water main breaks, runoff, and rain, causing drowning, cave-ins, and electrocution
  • Exposure to gas leaks, chemicals, and other toxic substances
  • Lack of adequate planning and/or defectively designed excavation plans
  • Falls into excavation sites and trenches
  • Lack of supervision and/or hiring of inexperienced workers

Companies may fail to follow OSHA’s safety guidelines for excavating and trenching. Failing to follow safety protocols and procedures, including failing to use protective systems to keep workers safe, can lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities.

Common Injuries Sustained in Brooklyn Excavation Accidents 

Construction workers and bystanders can sustain severe injuries in an excavation accident. 

Common excavation accident injuries include:

Some workers make a full recovery after an excavation accident. However, many workers develop permanent impairments or disabilities because of their injuries. Sadly, some workers do not make it.

Who Is Liable for the Damages Caused By a Brooklyn Excavation Accident?

Typically, a job-related injury is covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Therefore, you can file a workers’ comp claim to receive medical treatment and loss of income benefits. 

However, workers’ comp does not compensate you for all losses and damages. Therefore, you should explore a third-party complaint with a Brooklyn construction accident attorney.

In some situations, a property owner, contractor, manufacturer, employer, or other third party could be liable for your damages. If so, you could sue the third party for compensation for your total economic damages. You could also seek compensation for your non-economic damages, which are not covered by workers’ compensation.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Brooklyn Excavation Accident Lawyers

You deserve compensation for all damages caused by an excavation accident in New York City. Contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers at (212) 564 2800 to request a free case review with an experienced Brooklyn excavation accident attorney. We’ll fight to protect your rights and best interests to get you the benefits and money you need.

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