Personal injury can happen anywhere, and a baseball field is no exception. Last May, Chicago boy Jake Schutter, 11, was struck in the head as an opposing teammate catapulted a baseball toward him using Easton’s metal bat. Schutter suffered instant trauma to the head, falling to the ground immediately and resulting in the boy’s deaf left ear, according to The Herald News.
The family of the boy is now suing Easton in federal court, claiming the opponent’s metal bat was responsible for their son’s injury. The family argues that Easton’s metal bats are designed to project baseballs across playing fields at great velocity, preventing young players from reacting to oncoming baseballs. Children’s sports injuries can be all too common as a result.
The alleged “trampoline effect” of a metal baseball bat is designed to send baseballs sailing into the air, which is why the bats are so popular in Little League games. The metal bats allow players to project a baseball clear across the playing field, but that’s precisely why attorneys for the Schutter family say they’re dangerous.
When flying baseballs make contact with an opposing object, such as a young child’s head, it can result in a severe personal injury case like Schutter’s deaf ear, or even worse, traumatic brain injury.
Keep children safeguarded against sports-related personal injury
Parents can be proactive with their children as they engage in sports-related activities. Nobody can fully prevent accidents from occurring, but there are certain measures you can take to help prevent future injury.
Before your son or daughter engages in any sport, consider the following tips that help to prevent sports-related injuries.
- Make sure your child is in proper condition for sports. Be sure your child is healthy, and understands the game he/she is engaging in. Make sure your child understands what dangers are involved in the game and how to avoid them, if possible.
- Work with the child’s coach. Parents can communicate any uncertainties to the child’s coach, who can take proactive measures thereafter. For instance, if you’re concerned your child is using metal baseball bats in their Little League practice, speak to the coach and ask for alternatives such as wooden or durable plastic bats instead.
- Provide proper equipment to your child. Safety equipment like knee pads, wrist guards, and especially helmets can prevent a child’s catastrophic injury.
- Ask for medical supervision. For many sports activities, it’s important to have medical supervision within close proximity of the playing field. For traumatic injuries like Schutter’s, having medical attention readily available is important since catastrophic injuries require immediate emergency care. Every sports event should be covered by licensed medical personnel.
Whether your child has been injured on the playing field or not, it’s important to talk to a San Diego personal injury attorney who can help evaluate your case. Our personal injury lawyers provide free and private consultations that give you and your family a sense of direction during this difficult time. We can help your family seek justice for your child’s injury. The first step is calling us now—contact us by phone or email for your free consultation.