Injury risk comes from contact sports, SC court says

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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.

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follower 12/05/11 - 02:22 pm
Cole should have been

Cole should have been required to pay the legal bills of the defendants as well.

What a "victimless" society we live in!!

dstewartsr 12/05/11 - 06:31 pm
"...(P)eople playing contact

"...(P)eople playing contact sports assume the risk they will be injured."


(Though I find it refreshing a jurist would know that. I expect an appeal in the 9th Circuit.)

Riverman1 12/05/11 - 06:37 pm
Wait a minute. You are not

Wait a minute. You are not supposed to run into the catcher in anything, but pro baseball. It appears this guy tried to bull the catcher over. For goodness sakes, this was a rinky dink friendly pick-up softball game with Boy Scouts and family playing. The runner is supposed to slide home, not bull the catcher over. I really don't blame Cole for suing. Don't y'all know anything about softball-baseball?

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