The family of a player in the Utah Little League World Championships has filed a lawsuit against the organization and company that made the bunk bed the boy fell from on August 15, breaking his skull.
The lawsuit was filed by Daffy + Vulgenity In Philadelphia, Court Public Appeals of Easton Oliverson and his parents, Jess and Nancy Oliverson, v. Little League Baseball Inc. and John Savoy & Son, working for Savoy contract furniture Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The lawsuit alleges that Little League Baseball “failed to equip the loft bed with rails to protect its occupants, causing Easton Oliverson to fall.”
The lawsuit alleges that Savoy sold “dangerous and defective” bunk beds that “caused significant and permanent injuries to” Easton Oliverson.
Easton Oliverson, 12, of St. George, Utah, was initially treated at Geisinger Jeannette Wes Children’s Hospital in Danville. After falling out of a bunk bed in the players’ dorm of the Little League in South Williamsport.
Easton fell two days before the start of the 2022 World Junior League Championships.
In late August, Oliverson was transferred to Children’s Primary Hospital in Salt Lake City where he is still receiving treatment. His family said on Facebook On Saturday, September 17, Easton reported “multiple infections” and “started having multiple episodes each day that doctors are now working on.”
He underwent surgery in Pennsylvania twice – on the day of the injury and on August 26 to replace his skull cap. He was transferred to Utah on August 30 where, according to his family, he is battling a staph infection and “still has swelling in his right eye and head.”
In the lawsuit, Oliversons alleged negligence because the bed was “present in [dangerous] case, that is, without rails. ”
It claims that Easton Oliverson “has suffered in the past and will continue to suffer in the future from aches, pains, trauma, bruising, humiliation, embarrassment, suffering, disfigurement and/or inconvenience”.
According to the lawsuit, Easton “will in the future require medical treatment for his injuries, which have caused him to incur medical bills currently outstanding and outstanding, with additional treatment and bills necessary in the future.”
The suit asks for “a greater than $50,000 plus” costs, interest, damages, punitive damages, and all other damages permitted by law.
Ken Fulginiti, owner/partner at Duffy + Fulginiti, said he is aware of one more case of a child who suffered a concussion in the same way in the dorms in 2019.
Fulgenetti said he spoke to the boy’s father who told him, “In his dealings with Little League, they promised they would have bed rails for these kids. And that was three years ago. There is no reason they need bunk beds and no reason not to have handrails.”
Easton Oliverson’s downfall happened at 1 AM and there was no fairy tale going. “He was asleep and fell out of bed,” said Fulgenetti.
Fulgenetti said his company was due to inspect the dormitory where the accident occurred, but said Little League had canceled the inspection “and indicated they would prefer to file a lawsuit.”
A photo in the Parents’ Handbook shows three sets of wood bunk beds nearby with ladder-type cutouts at each end, drawers underneath and no handrails. Players reside in Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove, part of the Little League International complex.
Easton was in the Little League World Series with his team, the Snow Canyon All-Stars of Santa Clara, Utah — the first Utah team to reach the championship. Snow Canyon represents the mountainous region. Easton’s younger brother, Brogan, 10, was the team’s first replacement and replaced Easton. Their father, Jess, is a coach for the team.
The team lost both games but he and the Olivers family received support and messages of encouragement from fans, family, friends, MLB teams, players, college teams and players.
Easton has received messages of support from MLB players and teams including Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels, Mocky Pets The Los Angeles Dodgers, Matt Carpenter The New York Yankees Brigham Young University football team The Utah Jazz, as well as Senator Bob Casey.
On Saturday, September 10, the team attended the BYU-Baylor football match and was honored on the field.
“Little League International’s policy is not to comment on pending litigation,” said Kevin Fountain, Senior Director of Communications for Little League International, in an email response.
The day after Easton fell, Little League said they were removing the two-story beds from the players’ dorms. in time, PennLive said fountain That the Little League decided to remove all the beds from inside the dorms, rather than making sure that every bed frame was fixed to the floor.
Savoy Furniture did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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