Family of Granger boy who was killed by basketball rim sues Dick's, several others

The rim and backboard that fell, killing a Granger boy // Provided by lawyer of the family

The family of a Granger boy who died when a basketball rim, backboard and and supporting bracket came out of the wall and fell on him -- giving him a fatal head injury -- is suing Dick's Sporting Goods, a local home construction company and other organizations.

Nolan Gerwels died last month following the freak accident while playing basketball at his home in the 10000 block of Arcadian Court.

The family is suing Dick's Sporting Goods, Goalsetter Systems, Century Builders and EW Construction.

They claim Nolan died not in an accident, but by reckless and wanton misconduct.

That includes not having enough safety equipment and warnings.

The owner of Century Builders says they trust the legal system to produce a fair result.

Here is the full text of the lawsuit, provided by the lawyer of the boy's family:

The following release was issued Tuesday by Big Idea Company, LLC.

South Bend, Indiana (July 17, 2018) – In response to the complaint (cause number 71D07-1807-CT-000340) filed in St. Joseph County Court earlier today against DICK’S SPORTING GOODS, INC., GOALSETTER SYSTEMS, INC., d/b/a Escalade Sports, CENTURY BUILDERS, INC., JAMES Z. SIERADZKI, EW CONSTRUCTION INC., and ERIC WHITE d/b/a EW Construction, Century Builders has issued the following statement:

Century Builders expresses our deepest sympathy and prayers for the Gerwels family in the tragic loss of their son Nolan.

While we understand it’s natural to attempt to find meaning and assess blame for something so tragic, our hope is through the investigation process and resolution of the civil complaint against Century Builders, our differing views on how and why this happened, will fade away. Only the love and memories of a bright and good young man will remain. Again, our prayers will always be with Nolan and his grieving family.

In an industry where lawsuits are not uncommon, Century Builders which has operated for over forty years, has never been sued by someone for whom we’ve built a home. Therefore, a legal claim such as this one, is something new to us. But we trust good people and a fair legal system will ultimately produce a fair result.

As this legal process plays out, we will have no additional comment. We ask only for your help in praying for the Gerwels family.


The Sieradzki family

Owners, Century Builders

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