The family of the Little League World Series player who fell off his bunk bed and was severely injured is now suing the league as well as the maker of the bunk beds.
Easton fell from his top bunk as he slept in the dorm at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 15, Penn Live reported. Easton suffered a fractured skull.
Easton was staying in the Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove, the dormitories for teams who are playing in the baseball tournament. According to the Little League World Series website, the Grove houses five dormitory buildings, each holding four teams, and is the home base for the players, managers and coaches playing in the international tournament. All team meals are provided at the Grove, there is also a swimming pool, video games, ping-pong and areas for the kids and adults to relax. Only the teams and a select few people have access to the Grove while the tournament is in play.
Easton had surgery twice while in Pennsylvania and was eventually transferred to his home state of Utah in late August.
His parents said he had a staph infection and still has swelling in his right eye and on his head, according to Penn Live.
Attorneys for the Oliverson family said the upper bunk did not have a proper railing to make sure occupants couldn’t fall. The Oliversons are suing not only Little League but also Savoy Contract Furniture, the company that made the beds, WNEP reported.
They are asking for $50,000, as well as, punitive damages, costs, interest and compensation, Penn Live reported.
The day after Easton fell, Little League officials told Penn Live that they had decided to remove all bunk beds from the dorms and put all bed frames on the floor.
Savoy Contract Furniture did not respond to Penn Live’s request for comment about the suit.
Easton was at the Little League World Series with the Snow Canyon All-Stars from Santa Clara, Utah. His team was the first to make it to the tournament. His father was one of the coaches and Easton’s younger brother took his place on the team since the accident happened two days before the games started, Penn Live reported.
Snow Canyon lost both of its games.
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