Woman Injured by Foul Ball at PNC Park Sues Mlb, Pirates

By Ward, Paula Reed | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), March 12, 2016 | Go to article overview

Woman Injured by Foul Ball at PNC Park Sues Mlb, Pirates


Ward, Paula Reed, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


A Pittsburgh woman who was struck in the head by a foul ball during a Pirates game last spring is suing Major League Baseball, the team and the Sports & Exhibition Authority.

Attorneys for Wendy Camlin filed the lawsuit Friday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. It does not specify how much she is seeking in damages.

The lawsuit alleges that all three defendants failed to properly protect spectators at the game when they allowed them to sit behind the "flexible, lightweight screen" at home plate.

Ms. Camlin, of Shadyside, attended the April 20 game against the Chicago Cubs with a colleague and sat in Row A, Section 16.

During the second inning, the Cubs' Starlin Castro fouled an A.J. Burnett pitch straight back from the plate. Ms. Camlin was standing at the time, close to the protective screen. The foul ball pushed the screen back far enough that the ball struck her in the head.

The game was stopped for 23 minutes while she was treated by emergency medical personnel. Before she was taken away on a stretcher, team officials said at the time, she was conscious and alert and gave a "thumbs-up" to fans nearby.

Brian Warecki, the Pirates VP of communications and broadcasting, said: "Due to the ongoing litigation, it would be inappropriate to comment at this time."

According to the lawsuit, Ms. Camlin sustained a traumatic brain injury and a concussion, and continues to have migraines, vertigo, sleep disorder and neck pain, along with several other injuries.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants give patrons and spectators "the false expectation that they were safe from harm while occupying the seating area immediately behind home plate at PNC Park during Major League Baseball events. …

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