Easton Oliverson: The family of the Little League player who suffered serious injuries after falling from his bunk bed is suing the league and bedding manufacturer.



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The family of a 12-year-old Little League World Series player who was seriously injured after falling from a bunk bed is suing the league and the company that made the bed, according to court documents.

Easton Oliverson of Utah’s Snow Canyon Little League suffered a fractured skull after falling from a bunk bed while sleeping in the players’ dormitory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 15. He was placed in a medically induced coma and underwent several surgeries.

The case was filed on Friday Easton’s parents, Jace and Nancy Oliverson, are suing in Pennsylvania court and are seeking at least $50,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for negligence and liability.

According to the suit, bed maker Savoy Contract Furniture and Little League were negligent for “lacking rails on the bed,” allowing Easton to fall.

“Savoy designed, manufactured, distributed, marketed and/or sold the beds in unsafe and defective conditions that did not contain all the elements necessary to make them safe for their intended use,” the court filing states.

The parents also allege their son suffered “significant and permanent injuries,” according to the lawsuit.

Little League Baseball Inc. declined to comment on pending legal proceedings. CNN could not reach Savoy for comment.

On August 17, shortly after the fall, Little League released a statement to CNN saying that the beds in the players’ bedrooms did not have safety rails.

“Since 1992, Little League has used institutional-style beds to provide players with the most space to enjoy time in the dorms. Although these beds do not have handrails, Little League is not aware of any serious injuries during that time period,” the league’s statement said. “Out of an abundance of caution, Little League has made the decision to remove all beds from the bedrooms and place each bed frame on the floor.”

Oliverson, nicknamed “Tank,” was hospitalized in Pennsylvania for two weeks before being transferred to Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. On September 19, an Instagram account set up to provide updates on his recovery announced that he had returned home.

Support for Oliverson flooded in after news of his injury made national headlines.

The Brigham Young University football team and Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts sent supportive videos via Instagram for Easton.

Oliverson thanked people for their prayers in a video posted on social media on Aug. 30.