New York Father Suing Franklin Toy Manufacturer After Shattered Bat Scars Son’s Face.

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In the average MLB baseball game, anywhere from three to ten wooden bats are broken, simply on account of wear and tear.  These bats are expected to break, and for good reason.  The balls being used are hard, and the velocity with which they are being thrown can sometimes reach over 100 miles per hour.  On the other hand, toys that are created to replicate America’s favorite pastime are usually made of soft materials such as plastic or foam, and are thus not expected to be broken with the same frequency.  Toy bats and balls, which are owned by millions of American families, are designed to help teach kids how to play the game and to foster a love of baseball from a tender age.  Most of these products are made of flimsy plastic, and are therefore assumed to be safe for children.

According to one Staten Island, New York man, this is not always the case.  Mitchell Ducalo has recently filed a $4.5 million lawsuit against Franklin Sports, Inc., a Massachusetts based company, after his son was horribly scarred by one of their toy bat products.  In his lawsuit, Mr. Ducalo alleges that his two sons were playing with an Adjust-A-Hit T-Ball set in the living room of their Staten Island home when his youngest son suffered a major injury.

The bat that came with the set was telescopic, meaning that it could change lengths depending on the user.  On May 24, 2014, Mr. Ducalo’s older son swung the bat and made contact with the ball.  Somehow, the plastic bat allegedly shattered.  A jagged piece of the bat flew off and hit 5-year-old Daniel in the face.  Amazingly, the sharp plastic caused major damage to Daniel’s face beneath his eyebrows and on his nose.  He required more than 300 stitches to repair the damage.  According to the lawsuit, the boy will have the facial scars for the rest of his life.

For young Daniel, and all other victims and family members affected by these accidents, lives are forever changed.  The blame in these accidents should be laid at the feet of the manufacturers who, often in an effort to save money, have left their consumers vulnerable to brutal, life-altering damages.  If you or a family member have been injured or killed by a malfunctioning or defective product, contact our Boston, MA product liability lawyers. We will work hard to make sure that you receive the compensation that you truly deserve.  Your needs are our top priority!

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