Family's Lawsuit Against Bat Maker Headed To Trial

Lawsuit claims the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats and others are responsible for the brain damage Steven Domalewski suffered when he was hit by a ball in 2006.

A judge ruled a Wayne family’s lawsuit that claims the maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats and others are responsible for the brain damage their son suffered during a Little League game will go to trial next month, according to NorthJersey.com

The trial is set to begin Sept. 10 in state Superior Court in Paterson, the report states.

Pitcher Steven Domalewski suffered brain damage during a 2006 Little League game when a ball hit back to him off an aluminum bat struck his chest exactly between heartbeats. His heart stopped beating for several minutes, depriving his brain of oxygen. He was 12 years old at the time of the accident.

Domalewski remained confined to a wheelchair for several months but has made incredible progress in the years since the accident. He at the annual Walk For Steven last year and attended his prom.

“In many ways, he is still the same person he was before the accident. He does understand jokes. He still has a sense of humor,” Steven’s father Joe said at the walk last year. “He still makes us laugh.”

Residents and others have donated money to the family to help pay for Domalewski’s medical expenses.

For more information about Domalewski and his ongoing battle, click here.

To make a donation to the Domalewski Family Fund, click here.

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Lenore Caccavella Wolke August 04, 2012 at 01:25 PM
While I feel for this young man and his family, I often wonder why people always have to blame someone for an accident. Thousands of young people have used aluminum bats for years and nothing tragic happens. It was a horrible accident. Holding the bat manufacturer liable is wrong. Accidents are unfortunate events that occur unintentionally.
Justice August 04, 2012 at 01:39 PM
The real purpose of a lawsuit is to send a message. I don't know this family personally; however, I have read the info and feel their pain. Furthermore, insurance policies do not cover everything. The out-of-pocket expenses for this type of injury are astronomical; compounded by the fact that this child may, hopefully and God-Willing live a long life. What happens when his parents die? Who will take care of him then? The bluntness of my post is solely for the purpose of asking the critics to walk in someone else's shoes even for a second. They will not like it.
unrealthistown August 04, 2012 at 02:22 PM
My condolences to everyone involved in his recovery. His family is what all families in this country should be like. If Louisville Slugger was smart they would settle, just the PR and media attention can either hurt them or make them look good and boost sales.
RCRC1 August 04, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I also agree that it is very wrong to go around suing all these companies. Just have to learn to accept that bad things do happen unfortunately.
Flood Plain August 04, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I doubt there will be any trial. A settlement will occur just prior to the jury selection since the risks to both parties of a loss are too great. It would also be interesting to see some actual financial data on the Steve's expenses and his insurance coverage. The bigger issue, and the only issue that matters (except for the greedy lawyers) is what is Steve's physical and mental future prospects.
Justice August 04, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Rush to Justice and others, 1) Settlement Offers are not public 2) Only the parties involved know settlement offers 3) If you are representing either side, you are committing a serious breach 4) Rarely are settlement offers several million, especially this far before trial
Rush to Justice August 05, 2012 at 11:56 PM
@Justice. Fair enough. I shouldn't spread an unconfirmed rumor. Apologies. Lord knows we have seen enough on the Patch But, my second point was my real point in that it is hard to judge the family in any way. Devastating stuff


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