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CPBL ordered to pay NT$2.62 million to injured fan

CPBL ordered to pay NT$2.62 million to injured fan

The Banciao District Court ordered Taiwan's professional baseball league to pay NT$2.62 million in compensation to a baseball fan who nearly lost her eyesight after a ball hit her right eye, the first time a fan has won a compensation claim against the league since it began play in 1990.
Chinese Professional Baseball League Secretary-General Wayne Lee (李文彬) said the league would study the verdict and discuss it with lawyers before making a formal response.
"If we find anything that shows the judge asking us to give compensation to Huang is unreasonable, we will appeal the ruling," Lee said.
The fan, surnamed Huang, who was sitting in seats along the third base line at Sinjhuang Stadium, was struck by the ball as players of the Uni-President Lions and Sinon Bulls were warming up prior to their Taiwan Series game on November 11, 2004.
Rapid deterioration
As a result, the sight in Huang's right eye deteriorated dramatically. Her angle visual acuity test score fell from 1.2 to 0.2 (20/100) after the accident. People are considered legally blind if with the help of glasses they still have visual acuity of 0.1 (20/200).
Huang rejected the league's offer of NT$200,000 to pay for her medical expenses and filed a compensation claim against the CPBL, the two teams and the Taipei County Government, which is responsible for managing the Sinjhuang stadium.
No consideration
Huang's family members demanded compensation of NT$5 million, reportedly because the defendants did not show any consideration for Huang until she started complaining.
The Banciao District Court ruled that among the defendants, only the league was legally responsible to protect the fans and ordered it to pay Huang NT$2.62 million in compensation.
The ruling came as a surprise to the CPBL. Lee said in Japan and the United States, fans are responsible to pay attention to the game and protect themselves from balls hit into the stands. He reiterated that the league had done it best to shield fans from danger and suggested that NT$200,000 in compensation for Huang was reasonable.
Lee added that others had been more seriously injured by fly balls than Huang in the past but did not file suit against the league. A male fan was hit in the eye by a ball in a southern Pingtung ballpark several years ago and agreed to compensation of NT$400,000, Lee said.


Updated : 2022-01-20 15:56 GMT+08:00

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