Little League Baseball, bunk bed manufacturer sued by injured Utah player’s family

The family of a Utah Little League World Series player has sued the organization and company that made the bunk bed the boy fell on Aug. 15, breaking his skull.

lawsuit was filed by Duffy + Fulginity Against Easton Oliverson and his parents, Jess and Nancy Oliverson, by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, Little League Baseball Inc. and John Savoy & Son, doing business: Savoy Contract Furniture Williamsport, Pa.

The suit alleges that Little League Baseball “failed to equip the upper bunk with rails to protect its occupants, causing Easton Oliverson to fall.”

The lawsuit alleges that Savoy sold “dangerous and defective” bunk beds that caused “significant and permanent injuries” to Easton Oliverson.

Easton Oliverson, 12, of St. George, Utah, was initially treated at Geisinger Janet Weiss Children’s Hospital in Danville. Players at Little League in South Williamsport after falling from a bunk in the dormitory.

Easton fell two days before the start of the 2022 Little League World Series.

In late August, Oliverson was transferred to Salt Lake City Primary Children’s Hospital where he continues to be treated. His family said on Facebook On Saturday, September 17, that Easton had “multiple infections” and “began having multiple seizures every day that doctors are now working to address.”

To replace his skull cap on the day of the injury and on August 26, Pa. He had surgery twice. He was transferred to Utah on August 30, where, according to his family, he is battling a staph infection and “still suffering from swelling in his right eye and head.”

In the lawsuit, Oliverson alleged negligence because the bed was allowed to “exist in a [dangerous] condition, that is, without rails. ,

It alleges that Easton Oliverson “has suffered in the past and will continue to suffer pain, suffering, trauma, trauma, humiliation, embarrassment, anguish, deformity, and/or discomfort in the future.”

According to the lawsuit, Easton will “require medical treatment for his injuries in the future, which has caused him to pay currently unpaid and outstanding medical bills, along with the need for additional treatment and bills in the future.”

The suit seeks “in excess of $50,000” plus “cost, interest, compensatory and punitive damages, and all other damages permitted by law.”

Ken Fulginity, owner/partner of Duffy + Fulginity, said he is aware of another case of a boy who was hurt in the same way in a dorm in 2019.

Fulginity said he spoke to the boy’s father, who told him that “in his dealings with Little League he promised they would be the bed rails for these kids. And that was three years ago. There’s no reason why.” They needed bunk beds and there was no reason they didn’t have railings.”

Easton Oliverson’s fall happened at 1 a.m. and there was no horseplay involved. “He was asleep and he fell off the bed,” said Fulginity.

Fulginity said that his firm was about to inspect the hostel where the accident occurred, however, he added that Little League canceled the inspection “and indicated that they would prefer to file a lawsuit.”

A photo in the Guide for Parents shows three sets of wooden bunk beds, each with ladder-type pieces at each end, drawers at the bottom, and no railing. Player Dr. Creighton J. Hale lives in International Grove, which is part of the Little League International Complex.

Easton was in the Little League World Series with his team, the Snow Canyon All-Stars from Santa Clara, Utah,—the first team from Utah to make it to the tournament. Snow Canyon represented the mountainous region. Easton’s younger brother, 10-year-old Brogan, was the first choice for the team and replaced Easton. His father is the coach of the team.

The team lost both its games but it and the Oliverson family received messages of support and encouragement from fans, family, friends, MLB teams and players, and college teams and players.

Easton receives messages of support including MLB players and teams mike trout and Los Angeles Angels, Mookie Bates and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Matt Carpenter and New York Yankees, Brigham Young University football team and Utah Jazz as well as Pa. Senator Bob Casey.

On Saturday, September 10, the team participated in the BYU-Baylor football game and was honored on the field.

“It is Little League International’s policy not to comment on pending litigation,” Kevin Fountain, senior director of communications at Little League International, said in an emailed response.

The day after Easton fell, Little League said it was removing the bunk from the player’s dorm. those days, Fountain told PenLive Little League decided to remove all bunks from within the dorm, rather than making sure that each bed frame was installed on the floor.

Savoy Contract Furniture did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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