Sporting events are often a welcome distraction from the day-to-day lives of many fans. While these events can be a fun way to pass an afternoon or an evening, many attending are unaware of the risks that come with cheering on their favorite professional team. However, few people are aware of the fine print on the back of their ticket. This small print is a disclaimer used by the owners of the stadiums and the sports teams to deflect potential lawsuits over fans getting hit by flying baseballs, bats, and pucks. These disclaimers often hold up in court and with few exceptions, fans find themselves unable to sue when they suffer injuries through the regular course of play.
WBBM 780 reports that a woman has sued the Major League Baseball team the Chicago Cubs over injuries she received after being hit by a foul ball.
Almost two years ago, Laiah Zuniga was sitting in Club Box seats just six rows up from the field when she was hit by a foul ball. It happened during the fifth inning when a player from the New York Mets was up to bat.
Zuniga suffered from permanent, disfiguring injuries to her eyesight, taste, smell, and teeth. She also suffers from frequent nosebleeds and a spider fracture extending beneath both eyes.
Zuniga had several teeth knocked loose when she was hit by the foul ball and claims that she is still losing teeth today due to the incident.
Zuniga’s lawsuit faults Major League Baseball for not requiring netting and is asking for monetary damages. Late last year, MLB announced that all 30 teams would be extending safety netting from foul pole to foul pole.
The Chicago Cubs have not responded to questions regarding the lawsuit due to the ongoing nature of the litigation.