Georgia residents may know the joy of catching a foul ball at a baseball game. However, one man who was hit in the face by a foul ball at a Chicago Cubs game was anything but happy. He sued the team for negligence claiming that there wasn’t enough netting to keep him safe. The man lost vision in his left eye after being hit on Aug. 29.
As of October 2017, the Mets have netting in their stadium while the Yankees will add it for next season. The commissioner of Major League Baseball said that there is no mandate for all teams to add netting. However, it is possible that such an edict could come in the future. In a statement, the spokesperson for the Cubs said that fan safety is paramount to the organization. The 60-year-old victim is seeking a minimum of $50,000 in damages.
When guests at a sporting event or other events not on their property are victims of preventable accidents, they may be entitled to compensation. This may make it easier to pay medical bills, make up for lost wages or compensate a person for a lower quality of life after an accident. For instance, if a person loses his or her vision, it may not be possible to drive or undertake other activities.
An attorney may be able to help an individual bring about a lawsuit against the owner of a premises. However, it is also possible that a case may be resolved without the need to go to court. Either way, legal counsel may be able to use physical evidence, medical records and eyewitness testimony to bolster a victim’s claim and increase the odds of a favorable outcome in the case.