13 ACTION NEWS: UPDATE: Homeowners under cloud of $20M swing set verdict demand answers from HOA
By Darcy Spears
Updated: March 27, 2018
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – UPDATE: Burden lifted as homeowners are off the hook for their association’s negligence. The lawyer for Carl Thompson–who was a teen when he suffered brain damage after an HOA swing set crossbar crashed down on his head–said Thompson didn’t want any more victims. So they agreed not to come after homeowners for the money awarded in a February verdict. Instead, they’ll pursue the HOA’s insurance company for bad faith and its attorneys for malpractice. If that case is successful, homeowners could actually win money if the verdict is more than $20 million.
In a clubhouse guarded by security, Lamplight Village homeowners gather tonight, hoping for answers in the wake of a $20 million verdict against their HOA in Centennial Springs.
“People are really, really nervous. They’re scared. They don’t know if they’re going to lose their house, if it’s gonna be foreclosed, if they can sell,” said homeowner Dahl Hansen.
In late February, a jury handed down the verdict after a swing set crossbar in the Lamplight Village common area fell on a 15-year-old boy’s head, causing permanent brain damage.
Court records show the HOA did not have a maintenance and inspection plan on their playground equipment. Read more: