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.
If you’ve been injured as a result of using a dangerously defective ladder, you might qualify for a legal remedy. To fully understand the extent of your claim, you should consult a Philadelphia ladder defect attorney at Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C. for legal advice.
Under Pennsylvania products liability law, manufacturers can be held liable for injuries that result from using a dangerously defective product. A product can be dangerously defective due to an inherent property in its design that presents an unreasonable risk of harm to consumers.
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.
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.