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Following 9-Year-Old's Death, National Baseball Congress Suspends Batboys

On Monday, the National Baseball congress suspended its batboy and batgirl program after a young boy died the previous evening.

K. Carlile, 9, was the batboy for the Liberal Bee Jays. Carlile died on Sunday night after he was accidentally struck in the head with a bat during a warm-up swing. The accident occurred in Wichita, Kans., during the NBC World Series game on Saturday.

The league mandates that batboys and girls wear helmets, and Carlile was wearing one at the time of the incident, however, the helmet failed to prevent the boy from suffering a fatal injury.

One of the team batters accidentally struck Carlile’s helmet as the boy was retrieving a bat.

The program was suspended for the rest of the tournament because the situation happened this weekend, Jason Ybarra told USA TODAY Sports.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

We can safely assume that Carlile likely suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when he was struck in the head with the baseball bat. A TBI occurs when an external force such as a violent blow to the head or sudden jolt of the body causes brain dysfunction.

While a mild TBI can lead to temporary dysfunction of brain cells, a serious TBI, as in the case of the 9-year-old batboy, can lead to long-term complications and in worst cases, death. A serious head injury can lead to the following complications:

  • Coma
  • Depression
  • Agitation or combativeness
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness in extremities
  • Inability to be roused from sleep

Traumatic brain injuries are frequently the result of car accidents, falls, sport injuries, and explosive blasts. If you or your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another, you are urged to contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm to discuss your case.

You may be entitled to compensation without being aware of it. Please contact our Plano personal injury attorneys to become informed of your legal rights and whether you are entitled to damages for your losses.