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01/31/13   |   By

Court Affirms MLB Umpire’s Jury Verdict Against Wilson Sporting Goods | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

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In a lengthy opinion published this morning, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals affirmed the jury’s verdict  in favor of Edwin Hickox against Defendant Wilson Sporting Goods.  Mr. Hickox is a Major League Baseball umpire who was injured while wearing a Wilson mask during a Washington Nationals game.  Unfortunately, Mr. Hickox suffered significant injuries due to the Defendant’s unsafe product, including a concussion and trauma to his ear which required several surgeries. Paul Cornoni and Patrick Regan represented Mr. Hickox at trial, and on appeal.

The case involved a product liability action against Defendant Wilson for selling an umpire’s mask which was not tested properly and consisted of a safety defect.  At trial, the jury heard evidence from several witnesses, including a biomechanical engineering expert from MIT.  The jury concluded that the mask was defective and awarded $775,000.00. to Mr. Hickox to compensate him for his injuries, the medical bills he incurred and other types of damages.

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