Youth sports often lead to brain injuries for in young players. Most often this is caused by sports like football, hockey, and soccer. However, many other games also come with risks of serious injury. The Illinois brain injury attorneys at our firm help with the legal ramifications of these accidents however they strike.
Little League Brain Injury Lawsuit
For example, CBS News reported last week on the end of a brain injury lawsuit filed by a family after their young boy suffered a tragic injury while playing youth baseball.
The accident occurred in the summer of 2006, when the boy was twelve years old. The young boy was pitching during the game when the batter hit a hard line drive directly back at him. The ball hit him directly in the chest. At first the boy tried to reach for the ball to throw it to first base. However, that only lasted a moment before the boy fell into cardiac arrest. Apparently the ball hit him at the exact moment between heartbeats.
The boy’s father and a coach ran onto the field, and it was obvious that the child was in trouble–he was already turning blue. Another spectator tried to help the child with CPR and emergency crews were called. They arrived and rushed the child to the hospital, but the damage was already done. He had stopped breathing for too long, and his brain was without oxygen for 15 to 20 minutes.
The consequences were severe. The now eighteen year old boy is still seriously disabled and cannot perform any daily functions on his own.
Eventually the family filed suit. The specifics of the brain injury lawsuit were unique, because of the specific cause of the injury. The main problem was with the metal bat used at the time. Little League baseball, the bat manufacturer, and the sporting goods chain were all sued.
The suit alleged that the bat was not safe for use in these youth games. In the early 1990s the league issued new standards such that the metal bats used in these games had the same performance level as the wooden bats. The idea was that the metal bats might otherwise be too powerful, posing unacceptable risks of harm in incidents like the one that occurred here. In fact, Little League banned most metal bats for young children this year.
All of this comes too late for the boy in this case, however. Recently, the defendants agreed to settle the lawsuit. While many of the terms have not been made public, reports indicate that the final settlement amount is near $14.5 million. The funds will be used to ensure the child has the care he needs down the road.
This case demonstrates a point which each Chicago brain injury lawyers knows well–these accident can strike at any time. While most brain injuries are caused by actual blows to the head–such as in car accidents or head-contact in youth sports–the damage can also accrue when one’s head is not actually touched. However, no matter the form of the injury, when negligence is involved in one way or another, then legal remedies exist.
Get in touch with our office if you’d like to learn how the law might apply in your case.
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