COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s Supreme Court has ruled people playing contact sports assume the risk they will be injured.
The high court upheld today a lower court’s ruling that a man who was injured in a 2004 pickup softball game during a Boy Scouts camping trip in Sumter should have known he could be hurt.
David Cole suffered a closed head wound and went into convulsions after a base runner collided with him at home plate. Cole spent two days in intensive care. The man who ran into Cole broke a rib when he landed on a bat.
Cole and his son sued the Boy Scouts, a church and Jeff Wagner for personal injury and emotional distress.
Wagner’s attorney said he was pleased. An attorney for Cole didn’t immediately comment.