Little League All-Star team injured safely at home, family sues for bunk bed fall – St George News

Street. George – More than a month after suffering a fall from the top bunk bed of a bunk bed at the Little League World Series location, Snow Canyon Little League All-Star Easton Oliverson was discharged from the hospital and returned to his home in southern Utah late Monday.

Easton Oliverson, left, hugs his family after returning from hospital, St. George, Utah, September 19, 2022 | Image courtesy of the Olivers family, St. George’s News

At the same time, his parents sued Little League Baseball International and the bunk bed manufacturer.

Easton, 12, suffered injuries to the skull, cheekbones and brain, which doctors say nearly cost him his life afterward. I fell off the bed On August 14 at the team residences at the Little League World Series compound in South Willamsport, Pennsylvania, about three days before his team’s first game representing the Mountain District as the first Utah team to reach the series.

After being transferred to Geisinger Janet Weis Hospital for Children in nearby Danville, Pennsylvania, Easton underwent multiple surgeries and remained in the hospital even after the rest of the team—including his younger brother Brogan who got on his list—returned to Heroes welcome on August 24.

On August 30, Easton was transferred to Children’s Primary Hospital in Salt Lake City to be closer to home. Since then, Easton experienced what his family described as a “major setback” when it was discovered he had a staph infection that was also affecting his ability to open his right eye. On September 9, he underwent further surgery and his skull cap had to be removed to clear the infection.

Easton has continued to recover for the past two weeks, but the swelling in his eye is gradually decreasing and he is now experiencing multiple episodes.

On Monday, Easton was allowed to return to his home in St. George – his first in over a month.

Wearing a Dodger jersey he got straight from his favorite Mookie Betts, Easton has been stalked by his brother and teammate Brogan and the rest of his family.

In a statement, the Olivers family said their son may have made it home, but he still has many roles to play in his recovery.

“He is resting and adjusting to his recovery away from the hospital,” the family said. “He is happy to be back home, but realizes he still has a very long way to go. It won’t be easy, but we believe his prayer army will continue to face him.”

A 2019 photo of a bunk family in The Grove dormitory at the Little League World Series championship site, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. | Image courtesy of Little League International, St. George’s News

Some have questioned the use of bunk beds in the players’ dormitories known as “The Grove”, Including a former Little League World Series player who said he was surprised that they were still using the same kind of beds without guards after 48 years of playing him on the series.

A few days after the accident, Little League International The bunk beds were replaced For the benefit of a single family.

A lawsuit has been filed in Philadelphia County Court in Pennsylvania against Little League Baseball and John Savoy & Son Inc. bed manufacturer, due to liability and negligence. Easton and his parents, Jess and Nancy, are listed as defendants and are seeking $50,000 for liability and $50,000 for negligence.

George News obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed Friday in the 1st Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

“Little League was negligent because it allowed the bed to exist in a dangerous condition, that is, without rails,” the suit says. Little League International is also accused of “failure to take care of children” and “failure to secure the bed properly”.

Little League International could not be reached for comment, but a spokesperson for St. caution. “

As for the manufacturer, the lawsuit states that “Savoy designed, manufactured, distributed, marketed, and/or sold the bunk beds in a hazardous and defective condition in that they did not contain all of the elements necessary to make them safe for their intended use.”

The case will go to trial by jury, although the actual date of the civil trial has yet to be set.

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