In May, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that a fan can sue for injuries resulting from a foul ball at a Major League Baseball game. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Cleveland Indians claim they are not liable from foul balls during the course of a game; however, lawyers for Keith Rawlings argue the ball that blinded him in one eye resulted for his being distracted as stadium staff was relocating his seat to make room for a post-game fireworks display.
Other Recent Major League Foul Ball Injuries
- Fox 8 Cleveland reports that the husband of a woman who was blasted by a ball at an Indians game said that his wife is undergoing a surgery. The couple was together at the ballgame when it occurred. The force of the ball cracked her cheekbone and caused lacerations that needed stitches.
- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a female resident of New Jersey has filed suit against the Milwaukee Brewers and Miller Park for negligence regarding fan safety. In an August 2014 game between the Brewers and San Francisco, Dana Morelli was hit below the eye. Ms. Morelli's injuries included a fractured eye socket, damage to the iris, and concussion-like symptoms.
- A screaming foul ball hit a woman attending the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Chicago White Sox. The USA Today states that outfielder Steven Souza, who had hit the foul ball, was visibly upset and went over to check on the injured fan. The game was delayed 12 minutes as she was ushered to a local hospital for medical care.
Here in Colorado, this issue was addressed in the Colorado Baseball Spectator Safety Act (CBSSA). The General Assembly recognizes that attendance at pro baseball games is a positive, family-friendly form of entertainment, which has a positive effect on the local economy. The assembly explains that in order to maintain ticket prices at a level that more families can afford, protection from civil liability for the host teams and venues is in everyone's best interest. The Act further acknowledges that there is inherent risk in attending these games resulting from being struck by a baseball or a baseball bat; therefore, the teams are protected from liability as long as they properly post warning signs and maintain the premises of the stadium in reasonably safe conditions.
The majority of personal injuries do not occur in situations where there is an inherent risk of being hurt; rather, they occur as a result of someone's negligence, recklessness, or carelessness. Making the call to the Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal is a step in the right direction toward obtaining financial compensation for Colorado injury victims.