Little League sued over bunk bed fall and head injury

A Utah boy who suffered a serious head injury after falling off a bunk bed during last year’s Little League World Series in Pennsylvania has returned home from the hospital, and his family is suing the league and the company that made the bed.

Easton Oliverson, 12, of St. George, Utah, suffered a fractured skull and cerebral hemorrhage in a fall on August 15 at the players’ dormitory in Williamsport. He has since undergone three surgeries and battled a staph infection, family lawyer Ken Fulginity said Tuesday.

“He doesn’t feel well. A later development, after the third trepanation of the skull, are convulsions. It’s been a long road,” Fulginiti said. Easton was hospitalized in Pennsylvania and Utah before being discharged last week, he said.

The negligence lawsuit filed by Jace and Nancy Oliverson on Friday in Philadelphia says the top bunk had no railings. Kevin Fontaine, a spokesman for Little League International, said the league would not comment on the pending lawsuit. Savoy Contract Furniture of Williamsport did not immediately respond to messages asking for comment.

Easton, a pitcher and outfielder for Team Snow Canyon from Santa Clara in southwest Utah, fell in his sleep, according to Fulginity. The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 for the boy’s care, as well as punitive damages.

“They really appreciate all the support they have received across the country,” Fulginiti said. “But they struggle to focus on family. They have two more children and that’s a lot.”

Jace Oliverson was an assistant coach on the baseball team, and Easton’s younger brother Brogan was his second-in-command after the fall. Snow Canyon was eliminated after two losses.

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