This article was published on August 28th, 2012
A young boy from New Jersey in America is set to receive $14.5m in compensation after a metal baseball bat left him with brain damage.
The 14-year-old was struck by a fast flying ‘line drive’ while he was playing in a youth baseball game and will now settle a lawsuit against the baseball league and the metal bat manufacturer.
“The Domalewskis are still saddened by the tragic events of June 2006, but this settlement provides them with some relief and comfort that Steven will get the care he needs for the rest of his life,” the boy’s solicitor said in a recent statement.
The ball pinged off the metal bat and slammed in to the boy’s chest, knocking him backwards.
He tried to reach for the ball on the ground near him but collapsed because it had struck him in the chest the millisecond between his heartbeats, sending him in to cardiac arrest.
His farther who was watching from the sideline ran on to the pitch along with another coach to find the boy already turning blue.
Someone shouted ‘call 911’ and moments later a spectator trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation rushed on to the pitch and started helping.
Ambulance services were also quick to arrive on the scene but by the time they had arrived and given oxygen to the junior baseball player, it was too late. He had been without oxygen for a total of 20 minutes and damage had been done.
The Little League baseball league was sued because the organisation had certified the use of metal bats in games involving children.
A spokesperson from the bat manufacturer also confirmed that a settlement had been reached but declined to comment further on the case.
Little League had previously only allowed wooden bats in games involving children but after a fall in injuries some were allowed back in to children’s games again.
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