Charlotte Personal Injury Lawyer Weighs in on Tragic Accident, Two Children Dead After Dirt Wall Collapse at North Carolina Home

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Charlotte personal injury lawyer Herb Auger of Auger & Auger weighs in on the tragic deaths of two children who were buried in a pit after its walls collapsed. Wrongful death claims, as well as premises liability claims, may come as a result of accidents such as this.

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This was a tragic and unfortunate accident.

Two children were buried under tons of dirt in Stanley, North Carolina after walls of a 24-foot deep pit collapsed. The children, a 7-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl, were playing near the hole before the accident, reported the Winston-Salem Journal (4.8.13). There were no details as to what safety measures were in place at the site of the accident, said Herb Auger, founding partner of Auger & Auger, a leading personal injury law firm based in Charlotte.

The pit was being dug by thirty-one-year-old Jordan Arwood. He was operating a backhoe in the 20-foot by 20-foot pit when the walls collapsed, said the Winston-Salem Journal. Investigators are uncertain whether Arwood had permits to build on his property.

A babysitter for the family said Arwood was excavating the pit in order to make a bunker to "protect his family,” reported the Journal.

Auger comments, wrongful death claims, as well as premises liability claims, may come as a result of the deaths. According to the legal concept of premises liability, the owner or occupant of a property may be held accountable for injuries or deaths that occur on their property. A wrongful death lawsuit is brought on behalf of the family members of a person killed as the result of another person’s negligent or wrongful conduct. As the property owner, Arwood may have been responsible for the safety of those on his property.

“It appears that there were no structures to support the pit's tall dirt wall nor was there a fence preventing access to the pit and based on these factors, Mr. Arwood may have created a dangerous condition and failed to safeguard that condition,” said Charlotte Personal Injury Lawyer Auger. “This was a tragic and unfortunate accident.”

The personal injury attorneys at Auger & Auger in North Carolina have helped many people obtain the compensation they deserve following accidents, including those caused by another’s negligence and-or an unsafe property. For answers about personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits, contact Auger & Auger at 704-364-3361.

About Auger & Auger:

Auger & Auger is a premier North Carolina personal injury law firm dedicated to providing high quality, aggressive legal representation to victims of personal injury. The lawyers at Auger & Auger strive for excellence in the service and representation of all clients. The firm’s lawyers meet with each individual and personalize services to ease the journey through what can be a confusing and difficult time. Auger & Auger attorneys offer free initial consultations to North Carolina personal injury victims.

Auger & Auger has offices in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina. For more information, please visit or call 704.315.2589.

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