This clearly is a tough topic to discuss, especially since I was bullied and manipulated by the Werner Ladder company and their attorneys. If you please take the time to click on the navigation bars at the top left you will clearly see that I had a valid claim against the Werner Ladder Company.
I had done my research and had the facts in writing to validate my claim. I even had the designer/engineer that worked for Werner previously that not only designed the Shu-Lok ladder foot, but was also hired after he left Werner as expert to testify on Werner Ladder company's behalf. You couldn't get a better ladder expert then the individual that designed and patented the ladder foot that caused my injury.
To be clear the original Shu-Lok patent was designed for the Aluminum ladder foot (A) that is shown above and not picture with the foot with the (F) for the fiberglass ladder above in pictures. Please note the difference in the arch that caused my injury and complaint. To be direct in regards to my injury not just, my attorneys and most importantly the ladder expert whom designed the Shu-Lok ladder foot that malfunctioned could clearly view this phenomenon with the Shu-Lok ladder foot causing my my catastrophic injury. This easy to duplicate this flaw. The main concern is that while low on the ground it's not so obvious or painful, but 18' off the ground can be deadly.
It was Werner choice to retrofit this Shu-Lok foot with a new zig zag pattern on the fiberglass ladder allowing this new arch to be somewhat weight bearing without the user knowing of this potential hazard that can cause it to un-bind the Shu-Lok mecahnism and release without warning causing the user to be seriously injured or killed.
My Mission statement is to be the voice, the advocate to get Werner to change their design on the Fiberglass ladder, preventing others from being injured, or killed.
There is a concept called Corporate Social Responsibility that we as consumers to question manufactures of injuries and report unsafe products if deemed unsafe. It just another way to protect not just the consumer, but retailers and distributors to influence change. Yes we went to court, but once Werner became aware of whom my expert witness was they filed for Bankruptcy, leaving me nothing but hardship. They knew if I won my case each and every fiberglass would have be recalled. They could not afford to loose!!!!