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Altec Aerial Lift Recall Lawsuit: Get the Right Attorney

Altec Industries Inc. is recalling certain aerial devices which were defectively designed in a way that makes them prone to moving unexpectedly during use, increasing the risk of severe injuries or death.
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What’s the Problem?

According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this recall affects:

  • 2006-2020 Altec AH150 Articulating Non-Overcenter Aerial Devices
  • 2006-2020 Altec AH125S Articulating Non-Overcenter Aerial Devices

An incorrect counterbalance valve may have been installed in the main lift cylinder on affected Altec aerial lifts, NHTSA said. This problem could cause the counterbalance valve to open due to the pressure in the cylinder exceeding the setting.

“If one of the hoses between the cylinder and the external counterbalance valve manifold were to fail to hold pressure, the boom could unexpectedly lower, increasing the risk of an injury,” NHTSA said.

Altec is notifying owners and dealers will install the correct counterbalance valve if necessary, free of charge.

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Targets Altec Lift Manufacturer

In February 2017, the widow of a tree-removal worker killed in May 2015 filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Altec Inc. for manufacturing an aerial lift that allegedly malfunctioned and struck her husband, who died before emergency personnel could arrive on the scene.

Michael D. Shaud was part of a 3-person tree-removal team employed by Shull’s Tree Service, Inc. that was using a 1994 Altec LR III aerial lift mounted on a GMC Topkick Chassis. A co-worker was aloft in the bucket, while Shaud gathered debris from the ground.

A 3rd co-worker, Paul Willman, witnessed the accident and claims he “felt the vehicle shake uncharacteristically.” That shaking turned out to be the boom arm collapsing, ejecting its operator and fatally striking Mr. Shaud.

Carol A. Shaud, the administratrix of Michael D. Shaud’s estate, filed her action in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

Defendants in the lawsuit included Altec Industries, Inc. and Altec, Inc. of Birmingham, Alabama; Altec Corporation of Philadelphia; and Mickey’s Truck & Equipment Sales and Mickey’s Truck & Equipment Sales, Inc.

This recall began on January 14, 2021.

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What Is an Altec Aerial Lift?

An Altec aerial lift is a type of equipment used for tasks such as maintenance, construction, and utility work. It typically includes features like a platform or bucket that can be elevated to provide access to elevated areas.

Why Are There Lawsuits Related to Altec Aerial Lifts?

There are lawsuits related to Altec aerial lifts due to accidents, injuries, or fatalities associated with their use. These incidents could lead to legal claims against the manufacturer, distributor, or user of the equipment.

What Are Common Allegations in Altec Aerial Lift Lawsuits?

Common allegations in Altec aerial lift lawsuits include claims of equipment malfunction, design defects, inadequate safety features, failure to warn about potential hazards or negligence in maintenance or operation leading to accidents.

Who Can File a Lawsuit Related to Altec Aerial Lifts?

Individuals who have been injured or families of those who have died as a result of an accident involving an Altec aerial lift can file a lawsuit related to Altec aerial lifts. This includes workers, operators, or bystanders affected by the incident.

Do I Have an Altec Aerial Lift Lawsuit?

The Products Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Altec Aerial Lift Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one was injured, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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