After being hit by a foul ball at Wrigley Field and losing vision in his left eye, a fan has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball.
John “Jay” Loos was struck by a foul ball during a game at Wrigley Field on August 29, and the negligence lawsuit contends that the Cubs did not have enough protective netting in place at the ballpark. According to a lawsuit filed in Cook County court on Friday, the foul ball caused injuries that resulted in Loos losing his sight in his left eye.
Additional details about the case are expected to be revealed on Monday. More from The Chicago Tribune:
John “Jay” Loos, of Schaumburg, is seeking at least $50,000 in damages and alleges the Cubs organization was negligent because Wrigley Field does not have enough spectator netting, something that could have prevented the foul ball from hitting him, according to the civil lawsuit filed late Friday in Cook County circuit court. The attorney representing Loos has scheduled a Monday morning news conference to discuss the case.
Loos was sitting in Section 135 — which is in the outfield down the first base line — during an Aug. 29 Cubs game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field when he was injured. A foul ball hit him in the face, causing facial and eye injuries that resulted in him losing his vision, according to the lawsuit.
The Cubs are planning to install extended netting at Wrigley Field before next season, as was recently indicated by team president Crane Kenney. The Cubs are one of several teams that have already revealed that they will extend their netting for 2018, as there has been an increased call for additional protective netting at ballparks around MLB, particularly since a fan was injured by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium in September.
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