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A mother sues after her six-year-old son’s left brain was damaged by a stray pitch at a baseball game in Los Angeles |  American News

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A boy was left with a fractured skull and brain damage when he was accidentally hit by a stray pitch during a professional baseball game.

Six-year-old Bryson Galaz was hit during a warm-up when Los Angeles Angels pitcher Keynan Middleton threw a ball to a teammate, who missed the catch.

The child’s mother has taken legal action against the Angels over the 2019 incident, claiming her son is now “just not the same”.

Keith Bruno and Kyle Scott, representing the Galaz family, hold up a photo of Bryson Galaz and an image of his skull. Photo: AP

Bryson was walking with his father in the front row of stadium seats toward the dugout when he was hit by the ball, the lawsuit said.

At the time, players were meeting fans and signing autographs more than an hour and a half before the start of the game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.

He was taken to hospital in critical condition after suffering a fractured skull and brain damage and had to be monitored for almost three days.

Bryson now has difficulty paying attention and interacting socially, says family attorney Kyle Scott.

Medical exams also showed abnormal brain activity, raising fears about his long-term development.

“We are grateful that he succeeded, but since that day he has struggled in school,” said his mother Beatrice Galaz.

Ms. Galaz says the Los Angeles Angels should have more nets along the field and players shouldn’t throw balls during warm-ups.

“It’s not about putting the kids in a bubble or ensuring the safety of everyone who comes to the stadium,” said Keith Bruno, another attorney for the family.

A mother sues after her six-year-old son’s left brain was damaged by a stray pitch at a baseball game in Los Angeles |  American News

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The incident happened at Angel Stadium. Photo: AP

“It’s about taking common sense measures and protecting the most vulnerable we have from known dangers.”

After the incident, Middleton, who is not the target of the lawsuit, reviewed Bryson’s control and stadium officials called for help.

Mr Scott said the team followed up with the family via email but did not respond when asked for help with medical bills.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and coverage for medical expenses and lost future income.

The Los Angeles Angels declined to comment on the dispute.

“No party has contacted us regarding this lawsuit,” Angels spokeswoman Marie Garvey told The Associated Press.

“We were only made aware of this by the media, so we are unable to comment at this time.”

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