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$1M Award for Victim of Ex-LI Duck Batter

Brigeport, Conn. - (WALK) A former minor league baseball player injured by a bat-swinging Long Island Duck in 2007 is the winner of a nearly $1 million lawsuit, according to a Connecticut attorney.

A jury awarded $940,00 to then-Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans Tuesday.  Nathans suffered a career-ending head injury inflicted by former Long Island Duck infielder and onetime New York Met Jose Offerman.  Nathans had sought a settlement of $4.8 million, according to his attorney.

According to the lawsuit, Offerman charged the mound with his bat after being hit by a pitch during a game in Bridgeport and struck both Nathans and pitcher Matt Beech. Nathans claims he is still affected by the head injury he suffered in the attack but has recovered somewhat and is now working as an attorney.

The lawsuit also named the Ducks but the jury found the team was not liable for Nathans' injuries.

An attorney for Offerman, 45, says he plans to appeal the jury's decision.


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