A Montana jury on Wednesday awarded the parents of an 18-year-old boy $850,000 after their son, Brandon Patch, was killed in an American Legion game in  Helena in 2003 when a baseball hit with an aluminum Louisville Slugger baseball bat struck Patch in the head.


A jury on Wednesday found that the maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats failed to adequately warn about the dangers the product can pose.

The family of Brandon Patch argued that aluminum baseball bats are dangerous because they cause the baseball to travel at a greater speed. They contended that their 18-year-old son did not have enough time to react to the ball being struck before it hit him in the head while he was pitching in an American Legion baseball game in Helena in 2003.

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