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Valley HOA will not pay $20 million to victim of collapsed swing set


A property owners’ association in northwest Las Vegas, purchased to pay $20 million since of its failure to perform regular inspections and upkeep on play ground equipment, is now promising property owners they will not need to pay the bill.

Carl Thompson, who was 15 years of ages at the time, suffered serious brain injuries from a swing set that collapsed on his head at Lamplight Village in Centennial Hills. The swing set collapsed in 2013. Since then, the Lamplight Village play ground has had empty poles where the swings utilized to sit.

[RELATED: House owners consider suing HOA after it loses $20 million swing set collapse lawsuit]”He was playing basketball,” lawyer Al Lasso stated. “He muffled the swing set to send out a text. When he took a seat, the 42-pound steel bar fell from a height of eight feet and crushed his skull.”

“He’s aiming to end up high school,” attorney Sean Claggett said. “This injury triggered him to not end up yet, so he’s still attempting to end up high school.”

Lamplight Village’s insurance company just covers an optimum of $2 million from the $20 million awarded at trial.

Because the decision, homeowners have actually been terrified they might lose their homes. Some said they had no concept this case existed and were thinking about filing a suit versus the HOA for cannot tell them about pending lawsuits.

“We didn’t know anything was going on until we saw a FOX5 tweet about the entire situation, which is quite honestly a really frustrating way to find out news that’s going on in your very own neighborhood,” homeowner Jeremy Long stated. “We just moved in. Are we going to lose our house? We have no idea.”

[RELATED: Swing set collapses on teen’s head, jury orders Las Vegas HOA to pay $20 million]

At trial, Claggett and Lasso told the jury Lamplight Town had the choice to pay a $150 monthly upkeep fee, but declined. The HOA likewise decreased multiple settlement deals.

Michael McKelleb, an attorney who was recently employed to represent Lamplight Village, said all the settlement offers were for less than the $2 million policy limitation. He said Lamplight Village wished to settle, but couldn’t.

“The (HOA) board didn’t have authority,” McKelleb explained. “The policy provided that authority to the insurance coverage carrier … The insurance provider turned that down and went to trial.”

“An insurance coverage provider ought to not be stingy with paying policy limits,” he continued. “In hindsight, it was far undue of a threat.”

Lamplight Village is now suing against its insurance company, QBE Insurance coverage, for rolling the dice with somebody else’s loan in a case they might not win. First, the victim has to take a risk by signing a settlement with the HOA.

“If (the insurer) were to win the case, then the settlement would still provide that Mr. Thompson has concurred not to go after the property owners,” McKelleb stated. “(Thompson) is not aiming to make more victims. He does not wish to earn money from the property owners by taking their homes from them. That doesn’t really assist anyone, and rather honestly to obtain the kind of cash he would require from them, it’s not going to be there … I don’t believe anybody would be interested in displacing 284 families.”

Lasso and Claggett have not yet commented on the settlement. McKelleb, who did not yet represent Lamplight Village at the time of trial, stated the settlement had already been signed.

McKelleb said he feels dreadful for the victim and hopes he can assist make sure Thompson is paid the cash he’s owed from the insurance provider.

“I have no idea what would have taken place if (my customer) had actually had a maintenance program,” McKelleb said. “This play set ought to have lasted for Twenty Years if a 300 pound individual had actually been swinging on it. If you’re a board member who does not know anything about swing sets, and that’s your understanding, and it’s a fairly new play set, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to believe, ‘Well, possibly in the future we’ll get a program to have it took a look at every so often.'”

McKelleb also said all homeowners were informed about the pending litigation through a letter and as a part of their CC&R files.

If Lamplight Village wins its case versus QBE Insurance, Thompson might theoretically earn more than $20 million and property owners would not have to pay a dime, McKelleb stated. If Lamplight Village loses, homeowners might have to pay for lawyer costs, which would be significantly less than $20 million.

Representatives for QBE Insurance have not yet responded to FOX5’s ask for remark. Stay with FOX5 News for continuing updates on this case.

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Swing set collapses on teen'' s head, jury orders Las Vegas HOA to pay $20 million


A jury reached a $20 million verdict after a teen suffered extreme brain injuries from a swing set collapsing on his head at Lamplight Village in northwest Las Vegas.

Lawyers for Carl Thompson, who was 15 years of ages at the time of the injury, argued that the Lamplight Village Homeowners’ Association need to have been examining and keeping play area equipment that could be fatal if left unattended.

The swing set collapsed in 2013. On Thursday, the Lamplight Village play ground had empty poles where the swings used to sit.

“He was playing basketball,” attorney Al Lasso stated. “He sat down on the swing set to send a text message. When he sat down, the 42-pound steel bar fell from a height of 8 feet and crushed his skull.”

Lasso and his co-counsel, Sean Claggett, stated they found the swing sets had actually been proven to be malfunctioning at least 3 times prior to the collapse. They stated they do not believe anybody was hurt in those circumstances.

At trial, they told the jury Lamplight Town had the choice to pay a $150 month-to-month upkeep cost, but declined.

“(Thompson) just happened to be the unfortunate individual that it fell on,” Lasso stated. “These injuries to the brain do not get any much better. In fact, they become worse, and sadly that’s the diagnosis.”

“He’s aiming to finish high school,” Claggett said. “This injury caused him to not finish yet, so he’s still attempting to end up high school.”

“He wishes to go and he wishes to better himself,” Lasso added. “He’s never ever quit.”

Lasso and Claggett stated the fact that Thompson endured was fortunate. They stated they believe a more youthful child would have died from the head injury.

Lawyers for Lamplight Village have actually not yet returned telephone call from FOX5. If they choose to appeal, the case would go to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Lasso said he offered Lamplight Town numerous settlement offers (for “significantly” less than $20 million) in an effort to save his customer from needing to affirm. He said the HOA refused to settle.

“In their eyes, they did nothing wrong,” Lasso said.

“This isn’t the only HOA that’s behaving this way,” Claggett said. “HOAs around the valley are doing the exact same exact thing. So the playground devices isn’t safe anywhere … It could have been anybody.”

Homeowners were expected to address the concern at next Monday night’s HOA conference. Some said they think the discussions will be contentious.

“This will be one interesting conference, don’t you believe?” wrote somebody on the Homeowners of Lamplight Town Facebook page. “Please, let’s all be considerate of others and state our concerns calmly. Bear in mind that board members are homeowners too and we’re all in this together. See you there!”

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Moms and dads charged in death of baby discovered rotting in swing

Authorities in Iowa have charged Cheyanne Harris and Zachary Koehn with murder in the death of their 4-month-old son, whose maggot-infested body was found in a baby swing in the family's home. (Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office)< img src=" /wp-content/uploads/2017/10/15261998_G.png" alt=" Authorities in Iowa have actually charged Cheyanne Harris and Zachary Koehn with murder in the death of their 4-month-old child, whose maggot-infested body was found in a child swing in the family's house. (Chickasaw County Constable's Workplace)"

title=” Authorities in Iowa have charged Cheyanne Harris and Zachary Koehn with murder in the death of their 4-month-old child, whose maggot-infested body was discovered in a child swing in the household’s house.

( Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office)” border=” 0″ width=” 180″/ > Authorities in Iowa have charged Cheyanne Harris and Zachary Koehn with murder in the death of their 4-month-old child, whose maggot-infested body was found in an infant swing in the family’s house.( Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Workplace). ALTA VISTA, Iowa( AP)- Authorities have charged an Iowa couple with murder in the death of their 4-month-old kid, whose maggot-infested body was found in a baby swing in the household’s home. Twenty-year-old Cheyanne Harris and 28-year-old Zachary Koehn( kayn) were detained Wednesday on charges of child endangerment and first-degree murder in the death of their child, Sterling Koehn. Court records don’t list attorneys for either of them. Their initial hearing is set up for Nov. 2.

Authorities say in court records that deputies and medics called to the couple’s Alta Vista home on Aug. 30 found Sterling dead in the swing. A medical examiner discovered maggots in his clothes and skin that indicated he hadn’t had a diaper modification, bath or been removed from the seat in over a week.

Alta Vista is about 125 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of Des Moines.

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Finishing Las Vegas swing, O’Malley calls for immigration reform


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Democratic presidential candidate former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks during a project stop hosted by the Salem Chamber of Commerce Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in Salem, N.H.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015|10:45 a.m.

. In a speech today prior to the group Hispanics in Politics, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a prospect for the Democratic election for president, sought to stimulate his sagging campaign heading into the Oct. 13 argument.

“I mean to win,” stated O’Malley, who said for modifications to what he called a “callous, illogical, inhumane, and unjust” migration system.

Safeguarding a strategy to legislate the status of undocumented immigrants, O’Malley said, “We need to get 11 million of these new Americans out of the shadow economy and into the light.”

O’Malley likewise criticized Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton obliquely, stating that Democratic voters had a choice in between “a candidate of the past and one who looks to the future.”

He revealed little compunction about attacking Republican frontrunner Donald Trump by name, calling him “a carnival barker whose hate is just gone beyond by his paranoia” and saying that his “xenophobia has actually contaminated the Republican celebration.”

The Nevada caucus will certainly be a crucial test for the former mayor of Baltimore, who severely trails Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Vice President Joe Biden (who may choose to enter the race as early as this weekend) in national surveys.

O’Malley has been bidding for the support of 2 constituencies among Nevada Democrats: union members and Latinos. On Monday, he spoke with members of the Culinary Union and the SEIU.

On a previous journey, he signed up with union members in a demonstration outside the Trump International Hotel. O’Malley has actually recently added project personnel in Nevada as well.

In today’s speech, O’Malley likewise required stricter weapon control, consisting of an assault weapons ban and a licensing system for firearms. He likewise defended President Barack Obama’s record on the Middle East, stating that “America leads finest when it works in coalitions.”

In what appeared to be an unscripted minute, O’Malley showed a flash of the personality that led The Washington Post to call him a “data-driven technocrat,” highlighting a change in veterans’ discharge types that included a line for email contact details, which he said assisted better provide services to returning service members.