Family Of Boy Hit By Bat Suing Louisville Slugger

WAYNE, N.J. (AP) - The family of a New Jersey teen is suing the makers of a Louisville Slugger metal bat that caused an injury leaving the boy disabled.

Steven Domalewski was struck in a chest by a baseball that came off a metal bat during a baseball game less than two years ago. Doctors say the impact stopped Domalewski's heart and caused brain damage.

The family plans to file a lawsuit Monday in state Superior Court in Passaic County, naming Hillerich & Bradsby Co., maker of the Louisville Slugger TPX Platinum bat. It will name Little League Baseball, and the Sports Authority, which sold the bat. It claims the defendants knew, or should have known, that the bat was dangerous for children to use.

Hillerich & Bradsby says the injury Domalewski sustained happens more frequently in baseball from thrown balls than batted ones.

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AP-NY-05-17-08 1052EDT

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