This has to be one of the most ridiculous lawsuits I’ve heard about. A woman was sitting at a picnic table during a Little League game. The catcher was warming up the pitcher and he missed his mark and hit this woman in the face with the ball. Now the woman is suing the boy – who was eleven years old at the time – and his family for half a million bucks. Listen to this lawyer telling Megyn Kelly that Little League should get involved and protect the mothers out there watching the games.
I can’t count how many Little League games I’ve been to. A good number of the kids, especially in AAA and under, are not accurate throwers. You assume the risk when you sit and watch one of these games.
Catcher Matthew Migliaccio was 11 years old at the time and was warming up a pitcher.
The lawsuit filed April 24 alleges Migliaccio’s errant throw was intentional and reckless, “assaulted and battered” Lloyd and caused “severe, painful and permanent” injuries.
A second count alleges Migliaccio’s actions were negligent and careless through “engaging in inappropriate physical and/or sporting activity” near Lloyd. She continues to suffer pain and anguish, incur medical expenses and has been unable to carry out her usual duties and activities, the lawsuit says.
And Lloyd’s husband, in a third count, is suing for the loss of “services, society and consortium” of his wife. They’ve demanded a jury trial.
Anthony Pagano, a lawyer for the Migliaccios, said the lawsuit is frivolous and without merit.
“I just think that it’s disgusting that you have people suing an 11-year-old kid for overthrowing his pitcher in the bullpen,” Pagano said. “It’s horrible this can actually happen and get this far. Ultimately, hopefully, justice will prevail.” (Read More)
The article above goes on to note that the boy has been receiving threatening letters since this incident happened. I feel kind of bad for the woman who was injured, but she should have known that if she was sitting in an unprotected area it was her responsibility to watch out for errant balls.
Update: Linked by The Daley Gator – thanks! Oh, and yes, this makes my head want to explode, too. These are probably the same sort of people who never play catch with their kids in the yard and never take them to the batting cages, but expect them to play the best positions and be first in the lineup even though they know nothing about the game.
Update 2: The First Street Journal linked, and has no sympathy for Mrs. Lloyd.