A Utah boy who suffered a serious head injury after falling off a bunk bed during last month’s Little League World Series in Pennsylvania has returned home from the hospital and his family is suing the league and the company that made the bed.
Easton Oliverson, 12, of Saint George, Utah, suffered a skull fracture and a brain hemorrhage in the Aug. 15 fall at a players’ dormitory at Williamsport. He has since undergone three surgeries and battled a staph infection, family lawyer Ken Fulginiti said Tuesday.
“He’s not doing well. The more recent development, after a third craniotomy, is seizures. It’s been a long road,” Fulginiti said. Easton was hospitalized in Pennsylvania and Utah before his discharge last week, he said. .
The negligence lawsuit filed by Jace and Nancy Oliverson on Friday in Philadelphia said there was no railing on the top bunk. Kevin Fountain, a spokesperson for Little League International, said the league would not comment on the pending lawsuit. Williamsport’s Savoy Contract Furniture did not immediately respond to messages requesting comment.
Easton, a pitcher and outfielder with the Snow Canyon team from Santa Clara in southwestern Utah, fell asleep, Fulginiti said. The lawsuit demands more than $50,000 for the boy’s care, along with damages.
“They appreciate all the support they’ve gotten across the country,” Fulginiti said. “But they have trouble focusing on the family. They have two other children and that’s a lot.”
Jace Oliverson was an assistant coach on the baseball team, while Easton’s younger brother Brogan was a deputy who was tapped to take his place after the fall. Snow Canyon was eliminated after two defeats.
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