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Lawsuit against MLB seeks to prevent unnecessary death and injury

An interesting class action lawsuit was filed against Major League Baseball recently. The lawsuit aims to better protect fans and spectators at Major League Baseball games. This is important because dozens of people are injured each summer at ball games around the country. This occurs when balls and bats leave the playing field and strike spectators where they sit, and can cause injury or even death.

While this isn't specifically a wrongful death lawsuit, the case is seeking reparations for the preventative measures that were allegedly not taken by MLB at these games. The lawsuit claims that since MLB did not install netting around the entire area where foul balls are often hit they are failing to take an easy preventative measure to stop these injuries from occurring. Many people, including children and the elderly, have suffered cracked skulls, blindness and other terrible injuries when struck by a bat or ball leaving the playing field at MLB games. The lawsuit seeks to add safety measures like netting around the playing field in order to prevent these sports accidents and their injuries.

If this lawsuit forces MLB to make some changes it would be a precedent for all negligence cases. This is because of the well-known "Baseball Rule." The Baseball Rule is essentially a negligence standard that says that because the spectator knew of the inherent danger printed on the back of their ticket, the owner, in this case MLB, is not responsible for injuries suffered due to parts of the game leaving the playing field. Essentially, the spectator was warned and made aware, and therefore the owner is not negligent.

This is the current standard for negligence cases in this capacity. If this lawsuit could somehow shake things up by upheaving this precedent it could change the face of all negligence cases.

Source: hardballtalknbcsports.com, "A class action lawsuit was filed again MLB today seeking the installation of more protective netting," Craig Calcaterra, July 13, 2015

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