Young Baseball Player Suffers Permanent TBI — $14M Settlement

A teenager has been left with brain damage after he was hit by a line drive off of a metal bat during a recent baseball game. He’s reached a settlement of nearly $14 million in a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the bat, a sporting goods chain called Little League Baseball, according to FOX Carolina.

The boy is now 18. His family says that the metal bats used in the game were unsafe because the ball could carom off of them at a much faster speed than off of a wooden bat.
“He still can’t perform any functions of daily life on his own,” said the young baseball player’s family.

Our Greenville child injury attorneys understand that there are close to 2 million people who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. These types of injuries account for more than 30 percent of all injury-related fatalities in the U.S. About three quarters of these injuries involve some form of concussion. Children who are under the age of 4, kids who are between the ages of 15- and 19-years-old and those who are over the age of 65 are most likely to sustain a TBI. As a matter of fact, about half a million emergency room trips for TBIs involve children who are under the age of 14-years-old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Stephen D. Keener, the CEO and the president of Little League Baseball Inc., says that the settlement should be enough the guarantee that the young baseball player will be taken care of financially for his disabilities for the rest of his life.

The injured child was pitching when the accident happened. The ball slammed directly into his chest, right above his heart, and knocked him backward. As he fell to the ground, he grabbed his chest and attempted to reach for the ball on the ground to try and get the runner out at first base.

Unfortunately, he never made it that far. The baseball hit his chest at the worst time, at the exact millisecond between heart beats. That strike sent him into cardiac arrest, doctors say.

Instead of throwing the player out at first, he dropped to the ground and stopped breathing. By the time the third-base coach and the player’s father made it to the field, the young player had already started to turn blue in the face.

Within the next minute and a half, a professional nearby began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Paramedics arrived on scene, strapped him to an oxygen mask and rushed him to the hospital. The damage was done. It was too late.

The organization’s website lists a number of metal-barreled bat models that remain approved for use in Little League play.

If your child has been injured in a sporting accident, call Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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