As anyone who’s followed the news in recent years knows, America’s infrastructure is crumbling. Hundreds of thousands of miles of roads, bridges, and underground water mains that were constructed during the Great Depression or earlier are starting to fail. Partially to stimulate the economy, and partially because it urgently needs to be done, local and state governments have spent billions to send an army of workers to update our infrastructure.
“Craig” (not a real person) was one of those workers. The water main in the suburban neighborhood had been on the local list of public works trouble spots for years. Nearly a century old, it suffered at least one break somewhere along its length almost every winter. That summer morning, Craig was helping to finally replace it with a new main pipe that was being run alongside the old one, deeper underground.
Craig was preparing the bottom of the trench for the new pipe and had just shouted some measurements to a colleague above ground when the colleague heard a brief rumbling noise followed by the sound of rushing water. The other man rushed to the edge of the trench to see what had happened, but there was no sign of Craig. Just a torrent of water flooding into the trench from a fresh rupture in the old main, several feet above where Craig had been working. Emergency services began responding to the scene, but it already was too late for Craig. Within seconds, the trench was more than half filled by the gush of hundreds of gallons of water per second. Craig’s body was not recovered until later that evening.
Investigation would reveal that the old water main had been slightly damaged by the contractor that dug the trench, and that a second contractor that had been responsible for reinforcing the trench walls during construction had cut corners. Craig’s wife, left alone to raise their preschool-aged daughter, filed suit on the advice of her attorney.
Any settlement, however, was a long way off, and that didn’t immediately help Craig’s wife, who was having trouble making ends meet. She was late on all her utility bills and her auto insurance carrier was about to cancel her policy for non-payment. She needed money now. Her attorney told her to call USClaims.
After discussing the case with the attorney, we were able to approve pre-settlement funding for Craig’s wife within a day. She had the money she needed to pay the family’s living expenses soon after that. Pre-settlement funding won’t bring Craig back, but now his wife is able to keep his family above water. When a workplace accident washes your livelihood away, we can help.
At USClaims, we offer pre-settlement funding, if a case is qualified for pre-settlement funding then we would purchase a portion of the proceeds of the anticipated court judgment or settlement for some cash now. USClaims only gets paid if a case is won or has reached a settlement! Apply now or call us today at 1-877-USCLAIMS to learn more.