The parents, Sean and Kathy Nicodemus, declined to comment after the hourlong hearing Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court, during which the settlement agreement was approved by Circuit Judge David Mouton. But their attorney, Scott Vorhees, said afterward that he was pleased with the outcome.
“I’m glad we were able to get a resolution for the family,” he said. “I think this will help them heal and adjust the best they can. The course of actions they took will help ensure that this will never happen again.”
The terms of the settlement are to remain confidential at the request of the defendants. Named defendants were Gared Holdings and GH Post Sale, the manufacturer of the basketball goal; Carroll Seating Co., which sold and distributed the equipment; Sapp Design Associates Architects, the architectural firm responsible for the Irving rebuild project, which was completed in 2014; and Universal Construction Co., the general contractor on the project.
Complaints against the defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed in August included allegations of defective equipment, inadequate training for employees and lack of or inadequate inspections of the equipment. The attorneys for the defendants, all of whom were present Monday, offered no additional comment during the hearing except to note that the claims against their clients will be dismissed as a result of the settlement agreement.
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