Mom claims defective light fixture fell onto infant

By Hoang Tran | Jan 28, 2016

WINFIELD — A homeowner is suing a home manufacturer and financier over claims of negligence after a glass light fixture allegedly fell onto her 11-month-old child.

Ashlee Haught, individually and as natural parent and next friend of Luke Haught, filed a lawsuit on Jan. 20 in Putnam Circuit Court against CMH Homes Inc., Giles Industries Inc. and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Financing Inc. over claims the defendants breached warranty, failed to warn the plaintiff of defects and were negligent in their actions.

Haught claims that she purchased a manufactured home from CMH Homes. She alleges the home was manufactured by Giles Industries and financed by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Financing in its Clayton Homes location in Nitro.

The plaintiff asserts that shortly after purchasing the home, a glass light fixture fell and broke without warning. Then, on March 29, 2011, a second glass light fixture fell approximately seven feet and struck 11-month old Luke Haught on the head, and broke and fell onto his leg, causing cuts to his head and severe burns on his leg, according to the lawsuit. The plaintiff claims that her son had to spend the early morning hours of his first birthday in an emergency room. According to the suit, the light fixture was defectively and cheaply designed and the defendants were aware of this defect and negligently and recklessly failed to warn consumers about this.

Haught is suing for compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages from each defendant, pre- and post-judgment interests, all costs related to the suit, attorney fees and any other relief as deemed just by the court. She is represented by Tony L. O’Dell and Andrea Nease-Markins from Tiano O’Dell PLLC in Charleston. The case has been assigned to Judge Philip Stowers.

Putnam Circuit Court Case number 16-C-11

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Clayton Homes, Inc. Giles Industries Inc Tiano O'Dell, PLLC Vanderbilt Mortgage and Financing Inc

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