Utah parents SUE the Little League after their son fell off a bunk bed resulting in serious injury… saying the accident was caused by ‘gross neglect’
- Easton Oliverson fell off his bunk bed at the Little League World Series last year
- He sustained life-threatening injuries, but is currently recovering from them
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Nancy and Jace Oliverson, the parents of 13-year-old Easton Oliverson, are suing the Little League after Easton suffered life-threatening injuries stemming from a fall.
Last summer, then-12-year-old Easton – who was part of Utah’s first ever Little League World Series team – fell out of his bunk bed while sleeping in the team dormitories in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Speaking to ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ for the first time since the fall, the Oliverson family says that the accident was caused by ‘gross neglect’.
After the fall, Easton was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery as doctors diagnosed him with a fractured skull and an epidural hematoma.
Surgeons thought he had next to no chance of living, but their fast actions saved Easton’s life.
The parents of 13-year-old Easton Oliverson filed suit against the Little League in September
They say ‘gross neglect’ is what led to their son’s fall off a bunk bed last year, resulting in a traumatic brain injury that put his life in danger at the Little League World Series
On GMA, Jace shared the moment he was woken up by his son’s coach telling him what happened.
‘So I sit him down and right when I sat him down, instantly, that sweet boy lost all ability to do any simple commands like, “Easton, sit up straight, Easton, open your eyes,”‘ Jace Oliverson said.
At the hospital, Jace said a doctor told him that Easton had a zero percent chance to live, saying to him, ‘Dad you need to give your son a kiss goodbye’.
The Oliversons filed a lawsuit against Little League Baseball Inc. in September of 2022, claiming litigation discovered a long history of falls from bunk beds in the dorms dating back to at least 2005.
Ken Fulginiti, an attorney representing the parents says that the bunk beds had no rails on them – adding that there was ‘no reason’ that should be the case.
‘All we’ve been through and it was 100% preventable,’ Nancy Oliverson said.
‘Kids are falling out of the top bunks of the bunk beds and they may not have been as serious injuries as Easton suffered, but they were orthopedic injuries, they were concussions, they were things like that,’ Fulginiti said.
After three brain surgeries and countless hours in the hospital and rehab, Easton is recovering
In a statement to ABC News, the Little League said, ‘Out of an abundance of caution, following Easton’s fall — Little League removed all bunks from within the dorms and placed each bed frame individually on the floor, and we continue to review and evaluate safety protocols to prevent such an accident from ever happening again.’
The league added, ‘We continue to offer Easton Oliverson our prayers and support as he recovers and heals.’
Easton is on the long road to recovery nine months later. He underwent three brain surgeries, multiple weeks in the hospital, an many hours in rehab.
The family credits the power of prayer for Easton being alive today.
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