Appeals court sides with baseball team over foul ball injury

Durham Bulls (Photo: WTVD)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court has ruled in favor of a baseball team that was sued after a foul ball struck an 11-year-old girl in the face.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday that the North Carolina Court of Appeals sided with the Durham Bulls because of a long-held legal precedent known as the “baseball rule.”

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The rule holds that teams are not liable for injuries if they have offered some protected seating to fans.

In 2015, Angelina DeBlasio was sitting on a picnic bench when a foul ball struck her. She had surgery to correct dislocated teeth and broken bones.

The court wrote that she and her family knew of the dangers of foul balls.