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Basketball hoop installation no slam dunk

Amazon will not only sell you just about anything under the sun, they will also apparently come set it up if assembly or installation is required.

A Baltimore woman took advantage of this offering and paid an extra fee to have a portable basketball system assembled earlier this summer, only to have the 10-foot hood and backboard fall onto her while she oversaw the assembly, according to a complaint filed this week in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Nicola A. Parsons claims she purchased the Spalding NBA Portable Basketball System as well as assembly through Amazon Home Services, according to the complaint. The assembly fee for the system is currently retailing for $150.

Parsons alleges two employees came to her home to assemble the system in June. But rather than stabilizing the base by filling it with sand or water as instructed by the manufacturer, one employee stood on the base while the other measured the height of the system, according to her complaint.

When the employee standing on the base stepped off, and the system fell and struck her, causing serious injuries, according to her complaint.

The complaint alleges negligence in failing to properly place ballast in the base and assembling the system on an uneven surface. Parsons is seeking damages in excess of $75,000.

The case is Nicola A. Parsons v. Inc., 24C15004177.