Nearly every homeowner in America owns at least one ladder. Many of us rely on these tools every day, without any thought to how dangerous ladders can be. In reality, consumer ladders are a leading cause of personal injury, contributing to more than double the accidents caused by table saws. A significant proportion of these debilitating accidents come down to product defects.
No company holds more power in the global ladder market than Werner, a company based in Greenville, Pennsylvania. Werner is the leading manufacturer of ladders, step stools, scaffolding, and fire escapes in the United States, raking in over $535 million in revenue every year.
Many homeowners, however, say that Werner’s design and manufacturing practices are inadequate. In fact, hundreds of people have filed lawsuits against Werner, claiming the company’s ladders are defective. A major class action, for example, was leveled against Werner in 2013, which said the company had failed to recall its popular Steel Easy Access Attic Ladder – even after years of serious injury reports.
As Products Liability Law Daily reports, consumers accused Werner of knowingly using defective hinges to construct the attic ladder, creating an unreasonable risk of injury. While Werner continues to deny these allegations, the company agreed to settle the case, offering every class member a new ladder.
We Are Investigating Werner Ladder Accident Claims
The Philadelphia product liability attorneys at Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C. are currently investigating claims involving Werner ladders. If you or someone you love was injured while using a ladder manufactured by Werner, we recommend that you call our offices as soon as possible to schedule a free, confidential consultation. We can talk to you about what occurred and can offer our experienced insight regarding your legal options and the possibility of moving forward with a lawsuit. You can count on our honesty and our true understanding of ladder accidents.
Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C. Secures $7.15 Million Settlement for Ladder Fall Victim
The plaintiff in this matter fell from a ladder after the extended section suddenly retracted downward. The injuries were catastrophic and included incomplete quadriplegia. The plaintiffs alleged that defective design caused the retraction that led to the fall and subsequent injuries. Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C. secured a pre-trial settlement with the manufacturers of the ladder for $7,150,000.
To find out more about ladder defects and your rights, call (215) 608-2183 or contact us online. Our Philadelphia ladder defect lawyers are standing by to help.