Easton Sports Inc., a sporting goods manufacturer based out of Van Nuys, California, has been sued by an 18-year-old. The lawsuit claims the company's BT265 aluminum bat is "unreasonably dangerous" and has a defective design.
The teen was hit in the head in 2009 by a ball hit by the bat during a baseball game while playing for the Cincinnati Stix. He was in a coma for four days and after awakening, he was not able to talk, walk or move his right side. His lawsuit alleges that Easton Sports designed the BT265 in such a way that injuries are more likely to happen when the bat is used during a game because players are able to hit the ball faster and harder than they can with other bats.
Because of the bat's design, the ball player said in the lawsuit that the sporting good manufacturer had a responsibility to inform baseball players that there were possible dangers to using the bat. This would have allowed ball players to properly protect themselves against injury from balls hit with the bat. Because the company did not do so, the company is responsible for compensatory and punitive damages, according to the lawsuit.
The teen's father told media sources that his son's medical care has cost nearly $1 million; however, insurance has covered as much as 90 percent. Easton Sports has not commented on the lawsuit.
Manufacturers of dangerous products are required to inform consumers of potential dangers. Consumers who are injured because of flawed designs have recourse through the civil court system for such claims as medical expense, pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional distress and other damages.
dailynews.com, "Lawsuit: Easton Sports baseball bat too dangerous" Kelly Goff, Sep. 25, 2013