Ladder makers sued after man falls while doing roof work

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Aug. 21, 2012, 7:40am


GALVESTON - Larry Hodge has filed suit against Louisville Ladder Inc. and Davidson Ladders Inc. after he fell while climbing a ladder.

According to the suit filed Aug. 10 in the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division, Hodge hurt himself on Aug. 24, 2010, after the ladder "gave way due to its defective nature and condition."

The suit shows the plaintiff was attempting to repair shingles on the roof of a building in Galveston at the time of the incident. Hodge claims he fell to the ground and "suffered severe injuries, including paralysis," according to the original petition.

He alleges the defendants designed, manufactured, marketed, sold, distributed and placed the ladder from which he fell.

"When the ladder left the Defendants' control, defects in the manufacture of the ladder in question rendered it defective and unreasonably dangerous," the suit says.

"The ladder was dangerous to an extent beyond that which would be contemplated by the ordinary user of the ladder, with the ordinary knowledge common to the community as to the ladder's characteristics."

The complaint adds the defendants "have used aluminum alloys in manufacturing ladders that did not contain proper proportions of component materials, whose component materials were not properly mixed or distributed and/or that were not properly heat treated or cured."

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Brantley W. White with Sico, White, Hoelscher & Braugh LLP in Corpus Christi is representing the plaintiff.

Case No. 3:12-cv-240

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