Back in 2003, Montana high school pitcher Brandon Patch was struck by a line drive from an aluminum bat in his temple during a game. Patch would die from the injuries four hours later; his family, quite understandably, eventually filed a lawsuit.
Their lawsuit, however, wasn’t against staff at the game or anybody else who was there - it was against the bat manufacturers. Specifically, it was against Hillerich & Bradsby, who make the Louisville Slugger aluminum bats. And today, a jury found in the Patch family’s favor, awarding the family $850,000.