Five Out of Six Ain’t Bad–Except When it Comes to Big Box Lumber Carts

We represented a hardworking man who had a lumber cart tip over on him.

Lumber carts are supposed to have six wheels.  This one had five.

We sued the big building supply store where the accident happened.  In the course of the lawsuit we found out that it didn’t maintain its own carts.  That didn’t let it off the hook.  But it did provide an additional defendant to sue.

It became pretty apparent that the company responsible for maintaining the carts should have detected and fixed the failing wheel before it fell off the cart.  It was also clear that the building supply company didn’t follow its own rules about checking each cart at the end of the day.  (This accident happened first thing in the morning.)

Ultimately the defendants capitulated.  They didn’t admit they made a mistake (or series of mistakes) but they ended up paying our client several hundred thousand dollars.