Cubs Dismissed From Lawsuit By Fan Who Was Blinded By a Foul Ball

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Cubs Dismissed From Lawsuit By Fan Who Was Blinded By a Foul Ball

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The Chicago Cubs have been dismissed from a lawsuit filed by a fan who was blinded in his left eye by a foul ball at Wrigley Field last year, per the Tribune.

The standard for holding an individual team accountable in those instances is extraordinarily high, so it’s not especially surprising that the Cubs were dismissed as a defendant. Major League Baseball is still a defendant, however, though the hurdle there will also be pretty substantial – generally speaking, so long as teams had reasonable precautions in place to protect fans from flying baseballs (i.e., netting behind home plate), they and the league have not been subject to these kinds of suits.

Of note, MLB sought to have its teams extend netting heading into this season, and the Cubs are among the teams that have done so (substantially). Fan safety is of critical importance, so hopefully, at a minimum, the extended netting at ballparks around the country can help prevent future injuries like the plaintiff in this particular case.


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