A homeowner purchased an aluminum ladder from a large department store.


He set the ladder up to paint a house. When he was standing on the fifteenth rung, about 11 feet off the ground, a rung gave way and he fell backwards to the ground. He suffered severe injuries, including a cracked vertebra in his neck. X-ray analysis of the ladder revealed that the welding on two of the rungs, including the one which collapsed, was defective and so weak that a weight of fifty pounds would break it.[4]

About the Author: James Swartz
Mr. Swartz, our Managing and Principal Attorney at Swartz & Swartz P.C., is a nationally recognized and respected trial attorney as well as consumer advocate. His practice focuses on cases involving negligence, torts, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other claims involving catastrophic injuries.

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