Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C.
Somerset County
Hunterdon County

Workers' compensation claim will likely follow trench collapse

Trenches are some of the most hazardous places to work. A significant number of workers' compensation claims in New Jersey and elsewhere follow injuries or fatalities that involve cave-ins. The husband of a pregnant woman in New Jersey recently lost his life when a trench in which he was working collapsed.

The fire department and medical examiner of Jersey City were called to the scene, which is a parking lot where workers were busy with excavating a trench as part of a water line replacement project. Reportedly, the emergency call for first responders was received at about 9:30 a.m. on a recent Thursday. Firefighters arrived to find a 35-year-old worker trapped in the collapsed trench.

Rescuers say mud, debris and dirt were up to the chest of the trapped worker. Firefighters had to secure the trench walls to prevent further cave-ins that could threaten more lives during the rescue. The process to free the trapped worker took about five hours, by which time the victim had succumbed to his injuries, and the rescue attempt changed into a recovery operation instead.

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigates the cause of the trench collapse, the surviving family of the deceased worker may pursue death benefits through the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance program. The prospect might seem daunting, but it could be simplified by the support and guidance of an attorney who is experienced in dealing with workers' compensation claims in New Jersey. Survivors' benefits typically include compensation to cover the costs of a funeral and burial, along with a wage replacement package to cover daily expenses and other financial obligations.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Tell Us About Your Injury To learn more about contingency fees and what we can do for you, call 859-554-4629 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Review Us Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C. - Somerville Personal Injury Attorney

Somerville Office | 141 West End Avenue | Somerville, NJ 08876 | Toll Free: 877-456-4253 | Somerville Law Office Map

Flemington Office | 84 Park Avenue, Suite G 107 | Flemington, NJ 08822 | Toll Free: 866-350-4939 | Flemington Law Office Map