Rural King Holding Company on Dec. 9 denied allegations made against it in a suit filed by a man who says the company manufactured a tree stand ladder that negligently collapsed beneath his weight.

The company also requests a trial by jury in a suit filed last month by Kevin Cartwright.

Cartwright claims he was installing a "Climbing System CR0122 The Quick Stick XL" on Nov. 17, 2009, when sections of the ladder failed, causing him to fall to the ground.

Because of his fall, Cartwright sustained a severe laceration to his leg, which caused a permanent scar, and he suffers from persistent left wrist, right shoulder and back pain since the incident, according to the complaint filed Nov. 2 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Defendants BGHA and Rural King, which manufactured the ladder, negligently designed and manufactured the ladder in a dangerous condition and failed to provide appropriate warnings and sufficient instructions with their product, the suit states.

In his six-count complaint, Cartwright is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Attorney Michael P. McDonald Jr. entered his appearance in the case Dec. 9 for the defense.

Todd A. Nielson of Callis, Papa, Hale, Szewczyk and Danzinger in Granite City is representing Cartwright.

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth was assigned to the case.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-1136.

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