Glass Company, Architect Named as Defendants in Wired-Glass Lawsuit

A family in Greenville, S.C., has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the architect, construction company, glass supplier and contract glazing company that designed and built the Freetown Community Center there, for the use of wired glass in the facility's gymnasium, following an accident with the glass that injured the family's 12-year-old daughter.

According to an amended complaint filed on May 4, Kori Suber "sustained injuries when she came in contact with the wired glass installation in the gymnasium wall at the Center, resulting in severe cuts, including a lengthy gash on her right upper arm and smaller but very serious cuts on her left forearm and near her left eye," in July 2004.

The suit, filed by the Suber family at the end of 2005 has been amended to include the Tarleton Tankersley Architectural Group, Moose Construction Co., Coastal Glass Distributors and Granco Inc., the named glass installation company as defendants. According to the amended complaint, Lexan MR5 polycarbonate was originally specified as the material to be used in the gymnasium. Somewhere along the way, one of the groups involved either changed or ignored the specifications, the family alleges, with the wired glass used instead.

Greg Abel with the Advocates for Safe Glass, has been contacted about the case and he says he is seeing a rise in these kinds of cases across the country, an increase he's noticed just by the frequency with which he has been contacted by law firms about the issue of the use of wired glass. In this particular case, he has understood that the wired glass manufacturer could be named as a defendant, too.

"It's not just the glazing contractor anymore, or the educational facility, it's also the architects and before too long it will be the code official with jurisdiction," Abel told USGNN in a phone interview today.

Stay tuned to USGNN for more information on this case as it develops.

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