An Allegheny County jury on Wednesday awarded $1.7 million to a 14-year-old boy who suffered brain injuries three years ago when he was struck by a foul ball during a youth baseball game at Sewickley’s Chadwick Field.
Zachary Hoffman had been standing in a dugout on April 13, 2015, when the foul ball hit him in the temple on the left side of his head, according to a lawsuit filed against Sewickley, the Quaker Valley Recreation Association and Avonworth Athletic Association.
“The dugout was not properly protected by a fence to prevent foul balls from entering that area,” said Alan Perer, a Pittsburgh attorney who represented Hoffman.
The lawsuit said Hoffman’s injuries included a fractured skull and he had to undergo emergency brain surgery. He suffered permanent brain damage, the lawsuit said.
Sewickley and the athletic associations did not immediately return messages for comment.