Parents Of Paralyzed Kid Pitcher Suing Bat Co.

The parents of a 14-year-old New Jersey boy who was paralyzed by a line drive to the chest are suing the maker of the bat used in the hit.

Paralyzed Baseball Teenager

They’re also suing the store that sold the bat, as well as Little League Baseball.

From the AP:

There has been a string of injuries the past two decades involving metal bats launching balls that have killed or maimed young players across the country. The [parents’] lawyer claims bat manufacturers put speed ahead of safety; one even advertised a bat so powerful it is capable of “beaning the third baseman” with a line drive.

…Attorney Ernest Fronzuto says Domalewski will needs millions of dollars worth of medical care for the rest of his life. Other than a few words, Steven cannot speak. He also can’t walk or stand on his own, and needs help with everything from using the bathroom to eating.

Steven Domalewski suffered cardiac arrest in 2006 after that line drive hit him just above his heart. His brain had gone without oxygen for 15 to 20 mintues before he could receive care.

The bat manufacturer and Little League both are chalking Steven up to that random freak injury that was bound to happen eventually. Little League claims that about 20 to 30 pitchers are injured every year from batted balls.

…Holy crap, this is sad. It’s tragic, but that kid is pretty much gone. Those people will have to spend millions of dollars just to keep him alive, and that’s not counting the constant hours that they’ll spend to get him through his day. I can’t imagine going through that, but I can’t believe that they’re pinning their hope onto a civil suit. Part of sports is accepting the fact that injuries happen. And some are gravely more serious than others.