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Brain injury: Foul balls striking baseball fans not uncommon

Baseball fans may not realize that Major League ballparks can be dangerous places. Being struck by a foul ball can be catastrophic, especially if it causes a brain injury. A woman who was struck in the face at a game between the Cubs and the New York Mets in 2018 recently filed a claim against Major League Baseball.

In this latest claim, the spectator was sitting in the sixth row at the ballpark when the ball struck her in the face. According to the complaint, the plaintiff suffered injuries that will affect her sense of taste, smell and eyesight permanently. Furthermore, her teeth were damaged, and recurring nose bleeds have become a part of her life.

MLB is certainly aware of the dangers posed by foul balls, and steps had apparently been taken to install nets to protect those fans who sit near the field. In another incident, a 2-year-old girl was left with a brain injury that caused permanent damage after she was struck by a foul ball. The child suffers seizures, and the medication she takes is likely to be a permanent part of her life.

Anyone in New York who suffers a brain injury while visiting a public facility might have questions about their right to seek financial relief. Medical costs, lost wages and other immediate and long-term damages could be tough to overcome. An experienced premises liability attorney can answer questions and launch an independent investigation to document proof of negligence. The successful presentation of the claim might lead to the court granting a judgment to cover current and future monetary damages.

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