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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Woman injured in fall from allegedly defective ladder files suit against Builders Wholesale, Old Ladder

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By Carrie Bradon | Oct 10, 2019

NEW CUMBERLAND – A Newell woman is suing a property owner and manufacturer of a ladder alleging the ladder's condition caused her to fall. 

Michelle DeBee filed a complaint in Hancock Circuit Court against Thomas C. Ogden, Builders Wholesale and Old Ladder Co. Inc.  alleging negligence.

The suit states that the plaintiff was on Ogden's property at 230 Ogden Manor, New Cumberland on Aug. 17, 2017, and was using a ladder Ogden and Builders Wholesale directed her to use. She alleges the ladder collapsed and malfunctioned because of improperly installed rivets and/or an improper locking mechanism and caused her to fall and sustain injuries.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to warn or advise her of the dangerous, defective and unsafe condition of the ladder.

The suit states the ladder was manufactured by Old Ladder Co.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by David A. Jividen of Jividen Law Offices PLLC in Wheeling.

The case has been assigned to Judge Jason Cuomo.

Hancock Circuit Court Case number 19-C-96

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