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Ballpark Injury Leads To Lawsuit

Monday, April 7th, 2014 By

Most people go about their day feeling secure regarding their general level of safety. They may wonder about drunk drivers on the roads, but they always feel safe after they’ve parked. In reality, catastrophic injuries can happen at anytime, though, leaving victims seriously injured and destroying their sense of personal safety.

A recent article in the Baltimore Sun illustrates that fact. Late last year, 10-year-old Jennifer Dempsey attended an Orioles Game with her stepfather. An usher told them that they arrived too early to take their seats and instructed them to wait instead near the right field flag.

Dempsey and her stepfather stood behind the right field scoreboard, and they couldn’t tell that the baseball players were on the field for batting practice. One of the stray balls sailed over the scoreboard and struck Dempsey in the face.

The impact fractured her skull and broke her cheekbones. That afternoon, doctors performed a nine-hour surgery on Dempsey and discovered that she suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well. Her family filed a personal-injury lawsuit against the team, asking for $75,000 to cover her medical expenses.

If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries in an accident like Dempsey’s, you’ll need a Baltimore personal-injury lawyer on you side to ensure that professionals are handling your personal-injury lawsuit.

At Duboff & Associates, we have 50 years of combined experience in personal-injury law, so you can count on us to give you expert legal representation. To schedule a consultation with a personal-injury lawyer today, call us at 301-495-3131.

Dempsey Will Likely Struggle With Her Injuries For The Rest Of Her Life

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBIs are one of the leading causes of permanent disabilities in the United States. Most people who suffer a TBI never recover, because, unlike a concussion, these injuries cause permanent damage to the brain.

In most cases, victims experience slurred speech, convulsions, chronic headaches, loss of coordination and impaired cognitive ability. They also need constant care and supervision to achieve simple tasks such as eating and dressing.

The Personal-Injury Lawsuit Claims That The Usher Is To Blame For The Injuries

If a stray ball struck Dempsey during the game, her family may not have grounds to sue, because there is an inherent risk to watching a baseball game. However, the lawsuit is well-founded in her case because she was directed to stand in an unsafe environment by a member of the baseball team’s staff, who neglected to warn them of the dangers.

Her family was quick to anticipate any claims that Dempsey was trying to catch the ball, stating that she was not able to see the batting practice from behind the wall.

These types of injuries can happen anywhere. What sets Dempsey’s apart is that her injury was caused by the negligent actions of another person. If you are the victim of negligence, call us today.

We don’t believe that you should pay to learn whether or not your have a case, which is why we offer free consultations to prospective clients. To schedule your consultation, call us at 301-495-3131.

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