The family of a 10-year-old girl who suffered a fractured skull and cheekbones when she was struck by a baseball before a Baltimore Orioles game last season has filed a lawsuit against the ballclub.
According to the lawsuit, Jennifer Dempsey and her stepfather Joseph Kraft attended a baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 23, 2013. They arrived at the game early and an usher, whose identity is unknown, told them they had to wait two minutes for the stadium’s seating bowl to open. The usher then directed Dempsey and Kraft to the right field foul pole in the flag court area to wait for the seating area to open, the lawsuit states.
During the this time, Coco Crisp, an outfielder for the Oakland Athletics engaging in batting practice, hit a ball that traveled over the right field scoreboard and hit Dempsey in the face, the lawsuit states. She underwent a nine-hour emergency surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, from which she has experienced further complications, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit states Dempsey was not attempting to catch balls during batting practice, and the usher didn’t warn her of the danger of being hit by one. “In fact, as a ten year old, she would not have been able to see batting practice over the right field wall where she was directed to stand,” it states.
In addition to the Orioles, the family is also suing the Maryland Stadium Authority, the state entity that owns and operates Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the Baltimore…