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Brain injury: Teen gets huge settlement after metal bat accident

Texas residents may be interested in a recent story of a teenager whose family accepted a multi-million-dollar settlement in a lawsuit filed after the boy was severely injured by a metal baseball bat. The teen sustained a brain injury during a baseball game in 2006. He was hit in the chest by a ball that had been hit by a batter using a Louisville Slugger metal bat.

The ball hit him right above his heart and the impact was so severe that his heart stopped beating. He went into cardiac arrest after the accident and his brain did not receive oxygen for at least 15 minutes. The teenager's sister stated that her brother no longer attends school and is still going through therapy for the injuries he sustained.

The brain injury caused the teenager to be confined to a wheelchair. Although he is able to speak in "short bursts," he is unable to communicate like he used to. The family filed a lawsuit, and the teenager received a $14.5-million settlement. Little League Baseball, Inc. was named as a defendant, along with the maker of the Louisville Slugger bat and a retail sporting goods chain. A statement from the family's attorney said the money from the lawsuit will help take care of the teenager for the rest of his life.

Texas residents who have suffered a brain injury may have the right to seek civil action against any party whose negligence is deemed responsible for the accident. Brain injuries can alter someone's life permanently and cause a massive amount of medical debt, among other expenses. A successful civil suit could provide a victim with sufficient funding to take care of medical bills and secure continued care for the duration of their life.

Source: Fox News, "$14.5M for boy's brain injury from metal bat," Aug. 22, 2012

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