Claggett & Sykes Law Firm in Las Vegas Obtains $20 Million Verdict Over HOA Resulting From Failure To Maintain Playground Equipment

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One of the largest verdicts against an HOA for negligence in Nevada.

Claggett & Sykes Law Firm of Las Vegas, Nev., is pleased to announce on Thursday, Feb. 15, a Clark County Nevada jury awarded $20 million to their client Carl Thompson, which includes $10 million in punitive damages, in a lawsuit filed against the Lamplight Village at Centennial Springs Homeowners’ Association. This is one of the largest verdicts against an HOA for negligence in Nevada.

The lawsuit was filed by Thompson in 2014 who suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the HOA not adequately inspecting and maintaining their playground equipment, when a swing set’s metal cross bar broke and landed on his head. The accident caused Thompson constant headaches, memory loss, movement problems with his right arm, and an increased risk of developing dementia. During the trial it was also learned that the HOA opted out of a $150 monthly safety and inspection plan offered by the swing set’s installer.

“We hope this verdict will force homeowners’ associations to obtain proper maintenance and inspections to ensure their playgrounds are safe and not putting children or others at risk,” said Sean Claggett, senior partner at Claggett & Sykes Law Firm. “Every single HOA needs to be proactive and get a maintenance and inspection plan for their equipment, before someone gets hurt.”

This verdict was significant for many reasons, including the fact that the plaintiff did not ask for any damages other than pain and suffering. “This case was unique because we did not present any tangible damages, life care plan, loss of earning capacity or lost earnings, and past medical bills. It was just pain and suffering, which required us to explain to the jury just how devastating a brain injury is to a person now and into the future,” adds Claggett.

Carl Thompson vs Lamplight Village @ Centennial Springs Homeowners Association
District Court Clark County, Nevada
The Case No. A-14697688-C

About Claggett & Sykes
Founded in 2005, Claggett & Sykes Law Firm, based in Las Vegas, is one of the leading law firms of the region, representing personal injury victims suffering as the result of negligence, medical malpractice, product defect, and group home/residential treatment abuse and neglect. Sean Claggett was the 2017 Nevada Justice Association Trial Lawyer of the Year. The attorneys at Claggett & Sykes have achieved the highest rating by their peers with a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating. During the past decade, Claggett & Sykes has proven time and time again its dedication to both clients and community through giving back by fundraising efforts, donations, volunteering and participating in several charitable events and community programs each year. In addition to being a senior partner of the firm, Sean Claggett is also an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Boyd School of Law, and Co-Dean at the Keenan Ball Trial College. For more information about personal injury law and representation, contact the Claggett & Sykes Law Firm at 702.333.7777 or visit claggettlaw.com. Follow us on Facebook.

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