Trenches and excavations are essential to the infrastructure of a functioning society and those involved in construction exercise their craft with dignity and honor. However; the dangers of trench work cannot be overstated and all too often we see working men and women placed in terrible situations largely outside of their control.
Unrealistic deadlines, budget constraints, and outright greed motivate construction companies large and small to cut corners on worker safety in the interest of profit. We’ve sued several of these companies in the past. The reality is that unprotected trenches and excavations are inherently dangerous and making them safe takes time. We’ve found that companies are all too willing to make up lost ground by subjecting their workers to conditions they know are unsafe in order to get ahead. When this happens and tragedy strikes you can count on Griffin Purnell to do whatever it takes to achieve complete justice.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines excavations and trenches as man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in an earth surface, formed by earth removal. Excavation and trenching are one of the most hazardous of construction operations, and this is why there are very strict safety standards and practices in place. Employers must ensure that workers enter trenches only after adequate protections are in place to address cave-in hazards. Failure to do so can lead to:
According to OSHA, these types of accidents lead to hundreds of injuries and dozens of fatalities every year. In many instances, these accidents could have been avoided if the proper safety precautions had been in place, including the installation of trench boxes and presence of properly-trained safety officers.
Severse consequences can result from trench collapses including:
Affected parties may be able to file injury and property damage lawsuits against the persons or entities responsible for the explosion including the construction company, subcontractor, and possibly the business/utility that commissioned the work.
A detailed investigation by our lawyers will identify any negligent parties. We will then file a lawsuit seeking compensation for allowable damages. While no amount of money can adequately compensate for catastrophic injury or death, a large verdict can prevent similar incidents in the future and ensure those harmed are properly cared for.
Griffin Purnell recently resolved a case involving a catastrophic and deadly trench collapse in Corpus Christi, Texas. We represented the family of a twenty-one-year-old husband, son, and soon to be father who lost his life in the collapse.
The tragic details of the incident were extensively covered by NBC, ABC, and Telemundo affiliates.
With over 100 verdicts and 10,000+ hours in trial the attorneys at Griffin Purnell are ready to advocate for your interests.
Whether you personally suffered a loss or are the family member of someone who has been injured or lost their life to a catastrophic construction failure – we are here to ensure you are protected and properly compensated.
Our low-volume litigation approach allows us to dedicate the time and energy needed to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients. This model involves meticulous research for each case using the latest legal databases, publications, and even active pleadings in comparable jurisdictions.
Griffin Purnell understands that “justice delayed is justice denied.” Thats why we’ve committed to establishing a “fast pace” at the onset of each dispute and ensuring that the other side sticks to their deadlines.
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If you like us and we like the case we will sign a formal engagement/retainer agreement.
Griffin Purnell will research and a legal strategy and handle all pre-trial matters. If necessary, we’ll take your case to court.