"...when a serious injury occurs that could have been prevented by making a change, like what happened to Cole, we will fight to get that change made," says Richard Schulte
Columbus, OH (PRWEB) October 12, 2013
Easton Sports, a sporting-goods manufacturer is facing a product liability lawsuit brought on by an Ohio teen who suffered a skull fracture and was in a coma for four days after being struck by a ball hit from an aluminum bat made by the manufacturer. The Cole Schesner vs. Easton Sports, Inc. liability lawsuit (Case No.BC522431) claims the "unreasonably dangerous" design of one of the company’s aluminum baseball bats makes injuries likely to occur during a game.
Cole Schesner vs. Easton Sports, Inc. liability lawsuit (Case No.BC522431)
According to the complaint, Cole Schlesner, 18, was struck in the head with a ball hit off of a BT265 aluminum bat made by Van Nuys sporting-goods manufacturer Easton Sports, during a 2009 game for the traveling baseball club Cincinnati Stix. A portion of his skull was removed to allow space for his swollen brain. He was unable to walk or talk or move the right side of his body after he awoke from a coma four days after the incident.
The metal baseball bat at the center of this new lawsuit is known as the BT265. The lawsuit asserts that due to its design, a baseball hit off of the BT265 will have a greater speed than those hit with other bats. As a result, players do not have time to react or protect themselves when a baseball is hit towards them. The lawsuit further alleges the aluminum bat manufacturer is at fault because Easton designs this particular metal bat “so that players could hit a ball harder and faster than any other bats.” The company touts the BT265 as "provid(ing) the most efficient energy transfer from handle to barrel for maximum bat head whip and a quicker bat."
The case further states, Cole Schlesner was 15 years old when he was struck in the head while pitching for the Cincinnati STIX traveling team in the Cincinnati suburb of Loveland, Ohio. The complaint contends that on May 17, 2009. Schlesner was struck by the baseball after it was hit by a player wielding the BT265. Schlesner had to be airlifted to Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove part of his skull to allow space for his swelling brain. When he awoke from a coma four days after the incident, he was unable to walk or talk, was paralyzed on his right side and remained in a hospital for another six weeks. Despite ongoing outpatient rehabilitation of up to nine hours a week, Schlesner has difficulty walking and lacks the full use of his right side. Though his cognitive development has improved to where he can function in school with some accommodations, recently he has lost the ability to articulate some syllables and words. The product liability lawsuit accuses Easton of being aware that the BT265 has a, “serious propensity to cause injuries.” Now 18-years-old, the young man is being represented by Wright & Schulte LLC, an Ohio personal injury law firm. Cole Schesner vs. Easton Sports, Inc., et al. (Case No.BC522431)
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damage, as well as an injunction that would prevent the company from claiming that the metal BT265 bat is safe.
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