A man who was left blind in one eye after being hit by a ball at a baseball stadium in the United States filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs club.
John Loos, 60, was hit in the left eye by a foul ball in August during a game at Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, where he was occupying a seat near the field of play, according to his attorneys.
‘My eye received a direct hit. It’s not working, “Loos said during a press conference on Monday, three days after filing his claim in a Chicago (north) court.
Loos said the ball, which was flying at high speed, not only destroyed his eye, which he may have to replace with a prosthesis, but also broke five facial bones.
After the blow, he had to undergo three surgeries, and will need “at least two more,” Loos said.
Recent incidents of fans injured by errant balls in stadiums raised calls for increased safety for spectators at Major League Baseball (MLB) games.
In September, four teams joined ten others in announcing that they will expand the protective nets that extend behind the batter’s box to first and third base, after a girl was hit by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium in New York.
According to the lawsuit, more than 1,700 spectators are injured by balls in the stands of baseball stadiums.
A Cubs executive said in September that the security net at Wrigley will be enlarged, according to local media.
“We have studied … where the balls are going and obviously we are going to stretch the meshes further and further,” said the club’s business chief, Crane Kenney, according to Chicago’s WBBM television.
But Loos said MLB must do more to protect viewers.
“There should be nothing more important than the safety (of the fans). This is a problem that Major League Baseball has known for decades, “he said.
The Cubs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.