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Lawsuit: Palm Beach County student hit in eye with baseball, suffers blindness

Posted at 11:24 AM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 17:20:42-05

A parent is suing the School Board of Palm Beach County, claiming his son was hit in the eye during baseball practice and suffered permanent blindness in his left eye.

According to the lawsuit, the student, identified as R.P., was at his high school team's baseball practice on or about April 30.

The lawsuit claims that during a hitting drill, R.P. was "soft tossing" the ball to another player, so that player could practice hitting.

According to the lawsuit, an assistant coach directed R.P. to move forward "and in very close proximity to the batter". R.P. was then struck in the eye with a baseball, the lawsuit claims, which caused him to suffer serious injuries, including "total and permanent blindness in his left eye."

The lawsuit does not identify the school that R.P. attends but says he is under 18 years old.

R.P.'s father is now suing the School Board of Palm Beach County, claiming it was negligent by failing to properly train the coaches, and also placed players in a position where their risk of loss, injury, or damage was increased.

The lawsuit against the School Board is seeking at least $15,000 in damages. The student's father is represented by the Lesser, Lesser, Landy, & Smith law firm.

WPTV reached out to the Palm Beach County School District for comment. It says it cannot comment on pending litigation.