The Associated Press: Mont. jury awards $850,000 in aluminum bat lawsuit
This is ridiculous. People want to complain about there being zero tolerance policies and such; but things like this are where they're born from. The pitch was hit straight back at the pitcher. It's a low probability event and very rare to result in death. But it's also one of the greatest dangers to a pitcher on the mound. Wooden or metal, that ball is traveling fast and the reaction time is low. BS lawsuits which result in nanny state policies and irrational zero-tolerance rules.A jury on Wednesday found that the maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats failed to adequately warn about the dangers the product can pose, awarding a family $850,000 for the 2003 death of their son in a baseball game.
The family of Brandon Patch argued that aluminum baseball bats are dangerous because they cause the baseball to travel at a greater speed. They contended that their 18-year-old son did not have enough time to react to the ball being struck before it hit him in the head while he was pitching in an American Legion baseball game in Helena in 2003.
I'm sorry for the parent's loss, it sucks. But this is an extremely unlikely event, not zero but unlikely. The dice just rolled badly on this one for them. That's how you have to take this. There's no fault on the damned bat company's part. Just a freak accident.
I think humans are quickly becoming dumber.
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