Sports Injuries – For Fans

The Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox game this past week is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.  According to Yahoo! Sports, a fan died at the hospital after being escorted out of the stadium by medics performing CPR. Kevin Yukolis who was manning third base, noticed the man receiving CPR in the stands and signaled officials.  Medics jumped out of the dugout area to try and assist. The game was interrupted for about five minutes during the 7th inning to move the fan across the field on a cart to a waiting ambulance.  Details are unknown as to the fan’s identity or what may have caused the cardiac arrest.

In other fan sport injuries news is the Dallas Cowboys fan that is suing the team for literally putting her in the hot seat. According to ESPN.com Jennelle Carillo sat down on a bench in August 2010 before a scrimmage. The uncovered black marble bench had become so hot in the August sun that Carillo received third degree burns to her backside.

In an interview Carillo’s lawyer Michael Wash said that she did not stay for the game, but did not realize how extensive her injuries were until seeing a doctor. Carillo eventually needed skin grafts and is suing for, “mental anguish, physical pain and disfigurement as a result of her wounds.” Part of the suit also indicates that there was no warning sign to indicate that the bench may be extremely hot. It is the policy of the Cowboys not to comment on ongoing litigation.

Going to a game is meant to be a fun experience, but whenever there are large crowds, high temperatures, and flying objects, there can be a possibility of injury. Have fun; be safe!

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