Customer accuses hammock manufacturers of defective design

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 16, 2018

ORLANDO — A customer is suing the manufacturer, distributor and installer of a hammock, alleging design defect, negligence and strict liability.

Lana Stoffer, 75, filed a complaint April 2 in Orange County Circuit Court against Wayfair, Inc., Wayfair LLC, Noble House Home Furnishings LLC, Handy Technologies, Inc., and Teekasammy Appana, alleging the defendants failed to to properly manufacture, produce, supply, assemble, distribute and sell a hammock in a reasonably safe condition.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 28, 2017, Stoffer purchased the hammock from Wayfair as a birthday gift for her husband. Stoffer says she also requested for defendants to install the hammock.

But after trying the hammock, herself, the lawsuit states, one of the hammock’s support cables suddenly snapped and broke, causing Stoffer to fall to the ground and strike the hammock’s solid wood stand. 

Stoffer says she fractured her left hip and sustained contusions to her head. As a result, the suit says, she underwent surgery, was admitted to a rehabilitation facility and continues to be constant pain. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants negligently placed the hammock into the stream of commerce despite being defective and unreasonably dangerous for its intended or foreseeable use.

Stoffer seeks trial by jury, actual, consequential, economic and non-economic damages of more than $15,000, plus court costs and interest and all further relief the court deems appropriate. She is represented by attorney Steven E. Nauman of Morgan & Morgan PA in Orlando.

Orange County Circuit Court case number 18CA003330

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