Almost 78,000 ladders that were sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s are being recalled. The recalled ladders are all models of Werner aluminum telescoping ladders. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the ladders can break while they are in use, which can cause the user to fall. In one case, a breaking ladder caused the user to suffer injuries to his side and elbow.
The ladders were sold between April and May of this year. Purchasers of the ladders should stop using them and should return them to the store for a full refund. The recall is a voluntary recall conducted by the manufacturer.
There are a number of ladder injuries and even deaths every year in the U.S. The majority of injuries involving ladders occur at home rather than at work. Most accidents are caused by using ladders unsafely, not because of a defect with the ladders themselves. This is because many users do not understand how to use a ladder properly, or because the ladders are not built well enough.
Fortunately, most injuries from ladder accidents do not require hospitalization, and most people only suffer minor injuries as a result of a fall from a ladder. However, more serious injuries are possible depending on the height of the ladder and the length of the fall. Some more common injuries that can be sustained in ladder falls include broken bones, injuries to the neck, back, or spine, and traumatic brain injuries.If you have suffered injuries in a fall from a ladder, you should consult with an attorney. If the fall occurred because of a defect with the ladder, the ladder manufacturer may be responsible. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Our team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case or visit our Facebook page to learn more.