Easton Oliverson: Little Leaguer's family seriously injured after falling from bunk bed sues league and bed maker

Easton Oliverson: Little Leaguer’s family seriously injured after falling from bunk bed sues league and bed maker



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The family of a 12-year-old Little League World Series player who fractured his skull after falling from an unguarded bunk bed is suing the league and the company that made the bed, court documents show. .

Easton Oliverson of Utah’s Snow Canyon Little League fell from a bunk bed while sleeping Aug. 15 in the players’ dormitory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Seriously injured, he was placed in an artificial coma and underwent multiple surgeries.

The lawsuit, filed by Easton’s parents Friday in Pennsylvania state court, seeks at least $50,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for negligence and liability.

According to the lawsuit, bed maker Savoy Contract Furniture and Little League were negligent for “not having rails on the bed”, allowing Easton to fall.

“Savoy designed, manufactured, distributed, marketed and/or sold the Bunk Beds in an unsafe condition and defective in that they did not contain all the elements necessary to make them safe for their intended use”, indicates the court record.

Jace and Nancy Oliverson also allege their son suffered “significant and permanent injuries” as a result, according to the lawsuit.

Federal regulations require all bunk beds to have at least two guardrails, said an attorney representing the family.

“A bunk bed is a bed higher than 30 inches from the floor. This bunk bed was approximately 60 inches high and had no rails, in violation of federal regulations,” attorney Ken Fulginiti wrote in an e -mail to CNN.

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

On Aug. 17, shortly after the fall, Little League said bunk beds in player dorms had no guardrails, according to a statement to CNN.

“Since 1992, Little League has used institutional-style bunk beds to provide as much space as possible for players to enjoy their time in the dorms. Although these beds do not have guardrails, Little League is not aware of any serious injuries that occurred during this time,” the statement read.

“Out of an abundance of caution, Little League has made the decision to remove all bunk beds from the dorms and lay out each bed frame individually on the floor.”

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

Support for Easton poured in after news of his injury made national headlines.

The Brigham Young University football team and Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts made supportive videos for him via Instagram.

Easton thanked his followers for their prayers in a video posted to social media on August 30.

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