Our client was injured when a trench collapsed covering him in dirt up to his chest causing injuries to his neck, low back and knee. Our client was told by his supervisor to get into the trench even though it was known to be unsafe. The law did not allow recovery from the employer for the fault of the supervisor so we investigated a claim against the engineering firm that designed the trench. Our investigation showed that the engineering firm designed the trench to make shoring the trench impossible, creating the dangerous condition that resulted in our client’s injury.
We hired experts to evaluate the design of the trench, and these experts supported our theory of the case – that the engineering firm created a dangerous condition and it was foreseable that the condition would cause injury. We also hired experts to evaluate the injuries suffered by our client, and his ability to work. These experts concluded our client was not able to return to work, confirming the severity of the injuries he suffered.
We pursued the claim to within weeks of trial. We were able to negotiate a settlement for nearly all available insurance from engineering firm. We are happy we could make a positive impact on our client’s life.