Family of player injured in fall sues Little League
PHILADELPHIA — A Utah boy who suffered severe head injuries after falling from a bunk bed during last month’s Little League World Series in Pennsylvania is back home from the hospital, and his family and the league and bed manufacturer Suing on
Easton Oliverson, 12, of St. George, Utah, suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain in a fall at the players’ dormitory in Williamsport on Aug. 15. He has since had three operations and has battled a staph infection, family attorney Ken Filignetti said Tuesday.
“He’s not doing well. Recent developments since the third craniotomy, the seizures. It’s been a long road,” Fulginiti said. Easton was hospitalized in Pennsylvania and Utah before being discharged last week, the lawyer said.
The negligence lawsuit filed Friday by Jess and Nancy Oliverson in Philadelphia says there is no railing on the top bunk. Neither Little League International nor Savoy Contract Furniture of Williamsport immediately responded to messages seeking comment.
Easton, a pitcher and outfielder with the Snow Canyon team from Santa Clara in southwestern Utah, collapsed in his sleep, Fulginiti said. The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in child support, along with punitive damages.
“They really appreciate all the support they’ve gotten across the nation,” Fulginiti said. “But they’re struggling to focus on family. They have two more kids, and it’s a lot.”
Jess Oliverson was the baseball team’s assistant coach, and Easton’s younger brother, Brogan, was an alternate tapped to replace him after the fall. Snow Canyon was eliminated after two losses.