Lawsuit tied to softball injuries is dismissed

The state appeals court has ruled in favor of a man who accidentally struck a young Muskegon County girl in the face with a softball during practice. Emily French lost at least four teeth and had her jaw wired shut after being hit by a line drive while on the pitcher's mound in 2008. She was 10 at the time. John MacArthur was a parent volunteering at practice. He was trying to hit the ball to the outfield, but hit Emily instead.
AP Wire
Jul 21, 2011


The appeals court said MacArthur may have been negligent, but his conduct wasn’t reckless — a key standard under Michigan law.

Emily’s lawyer Geoffrey Nolan said he was suing MacArthur for medical bills. He said the girl’s future medical needs are estimated at $25,000.


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