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Man alleges Werner Co. ladder failed, caused fall

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 25, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE – A Missouri man alleges he was injured when a ladder he was using while working on an Edwardsville home broke.

William Brooks filed a complaint on Sept. 20 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Werner Co., alleging strict liability and negligence.

According to the complaint, Brooks alleges that on Sept. 22, 2015, he was working on the gutters of a home using a 24-foot fiberglass extension ladder made by the defendant when the fiberglass side rail of the ladder's upper extension fractured between the rungs, collapsed and caused Brooks to fall to the ground. 

As a result, he claims he suffered physical injuries, lost wages and incurred medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to contain adequate warnings concerning use, storage, and the risk of the fiberglass side rails failing when they were exposed to normal weather conditions.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment of more than $50,000 together with costs expended plus pre-judgment interest. 

He is represented by Michael T. Flachs Jr., Jennifer Suttmoeller and Phillip A. Cervantes of Cervantes & Associates in St. Louis.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-1330

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