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A Woman Sues A Little League Baseball Player For $150,000 For Accidentally Hitting Her With A Ball

Submitted by on June 23, 2012 – 10:56 am5 Comments

Here’s a cautionary tale for the parents of Little League baseball players if we’ve ever seen one. A couple years ago, catcher Matthew Migliaccio was warming up his pitcher during a game at Manchester Little League when he cocked back his arm, threw the baseball, and hit an innocent spectator. That spectator, a New Jersey woman by the name of Elizabeth Lloyd, was sitting at a picnic table near the baseball diamond when she was struck in the face by the errant ball that Migliaccio claims was not the result of any sort of horse play.

“I ran over to see if she was all right,” he told the Asbury Park Press recently. “She said she was okay. I was just warming the pitcher up, and I was not horsing around.”

As it turns out, though, Lloyd was not okay. At least, according to her. After getting hit with the ball, she says that she needed to seek medical attention and racked up a bunch of costs associated with the injury. So, recently, she filed a lawsuit against Migliaccio and his family seeking a whopping $150,000 to cover her medical costs. That’s quite a bit of money that Migliaccio and his family could potentially have to come up with soon. And, unfortunately, it’s not covered by the Manchester Little League’s insurance in any way. The insurance covers any injuries to players or coaches but not to spectators. So, if the lawsuit is successful, Migliaccio’s family will be responsible for the full amount and the Manchester Little League has been unresponsive when it comes to helping out the family.

“I want to be clear,” Migliaccio’s father Bob told to Asbury Park Press. “The litigation does not shock me. People sue people every day. What I was surprised about was the lack of answers and support from Little League. I cannot believe that they would not help out in this issue.”

So, who should be required to pay here? $150,000 is a lot of money for the Migliaccios to pay, especially when you consider that they’re going to have to pay it as the result of an accident that occurred at a Little League baseball field. So, should the Manchester Little League agree to help them pay off the lawsuit and/or represent them in court? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

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