The family of a boy who fractured his skull from a stray ball that hit him at Angel Stadium three years ago are suing, accusing the team of negligence.
Bryson Galaz, who was six at the time of the incident, had joined a crowd of autograph-seekers near the box seats at field level by third base when he was struck in the head by a pitched ball by Angels pitcher Keynan Middleton, according to the Los Angeles Time.
The family now say the injury took a heavy toll.
“For three days, we didn’t know if my son was going to live or die,” said the boy’s mother, Béatrice Galaz. “We were relieved that he survived, but since that day he has struggled in school. He just isn’t the same anymore.
The Angels have yet to add a net along the foul lines like some teams have.
The lawsuit, which alleges the team was negligent for failing to protect the public while the players warmed up, seeks damages, compensation for medical expenses and claims probable loss of future income due to a disability which they believe was caused by the accident.
The family’s attorney noted that the team should never have allowed players to throw to the stands and that they should only have been allowed to throw parallel to the foul lines.
“All they had to do was switch training,” attorney Kyle Scott said. “It’s not unpredictable for someone to miss a ball and have it thrown hard enough to hurt someone.”
Similar lawsuits have been decided in favor of teams claiming that fans should assume “the rule of baseball” in that balls and bats can fly towards them during games. But the family’s lawyer insists this situation is different as the players were just warming up and not playing.
Scott also alleged that the team refused to acknowledge letters the family sent demanding that the team address the incident.
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