Family of Little Leaguer who suffered severe injuries after falling from bunk bed sues league and bed manufacturer – CNN

Family of Little Leaguer who suffered severe injuries after falling from bunk bed sues league and bed manufacturer - CNN



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The family of a 12-year-old Little League World Series player who was seriously injured after falling from a bunk bed is suing the league and the company that made the bed, according to court documents.

Utah’s Snow Canyon Little League’s Easton Oliverson suffered a fractured skull after falling from a bunk bed at the players’ dormitory in Williamsport, Pa., while he was sleeping on Aug. 15. He was placed in a medically induced coma and underwent multiple surgeries.

The lawsuit was filed on Friday in state court in Pennsylvania by Easton’s parents, Jace and Nancy Oliverson, and is seeking at least $50,000 in compensatory and punitive damages on counts of negligence and liability.

According to the suit, bed maker Savoy Contract Furniture and the Little League were negligent for “failing to have rails on the bed,” allowing Easton to fall.

“Savoyo designed, manufactured, distributed, marketed and/or sold the bunk beds in a dangerous and defective condition because they did not contain every element necessary to make them safe for their intended use,” the court filing reads.

The parents also claim their son suffered “serious and permanent injuries” as a result, according to the lawsuit.

Little League Baseball Inc. declined to comment on pending legal proceedings. CNN could not reach Savoy for comment.

On August 17, shortly after the fall, Little League released a statement to CNN, saying the bunk beds at the players’ dorms did not have safety rails.

“Since 1992, Little League has used institutional-style bunk beds to offer the most space for the players to enjoy their time in the dorms. Although these beds do not have guardrails, Little League is not aware of any serious injuries ever occurring during that time. ,” the league’s statement read. “Out of an abundance of caution, Little League has made the decision to remove all bunks from the dorms and have each bed frame individually on the floor.”

Oliverson, whose nickname is “Tank,” was hospitalized in Pennsylvania for two weeks before being transferred to a children’s hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. September 19, an Instagram account set up to provide updates on his recovery announced that he had returned home.

Support for Oliverson came flooding in after news of his injury made national headlines.

Brigham Young University football team and Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts submitted supportive videos via Instagram for Easton.

Oliverson thanked people for their prayers in a video posted to social media on August 30.

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