Blackhawks Fan Files Suit After Being Hit by Puck

The suit seeks an unspecified amount of damages

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    Patricia Higgins and her daughter, Caitlin Higgins, were at Wednesday's Game 1, sitting in their normal pair of seats, in Row 11 on the northwest side of the ice rink -- close enough to have an unobstructed view -- when the unthinkable happened in the final two moments of regulation. Emily Florez reports.

    A Blackhawks fan has reportedly filed a personal injury suit against Chicago's United Center more than a year after she was hit in the face by a hockey puck.

    In the suit, which was filed Friday, Patricia Higgins claims the United Center should have maintained and inspected safety nets “in order to avoid injury to spectators,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

    The 56-year-old physician and longtime season ticket holder was hit in the face by a hockey puck last June as she and her daughter sat in their normal seats, in Row 11 on the northwest side of the ice rink.

    Blackhawks Fan Hit by Puck Disappointed by Team’s Response

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    Jen Kasler was cheering on the Blackhawks at the United Center last month when a puck hit her in the head. She says she hasn’t gotten the same response or attention that another fan received when the same thing happened to her. Rob Elgas reports.

    "All I heard was the stick hitting the puck, so it was that 'slap' sound, and, I mean, within a split second [she was hit]," daughter Caitlin Higgins recalled.

    She looked over to see her mom holding her face. The nearly six-ounce, frozen game piece sliced Higgins right above her right eye.

    She needed more than 20 internal and external stitches to close the gash and wound up with a bruised retina, inflammation, and a concussion.

    Higgins claims the United Center was careless and negligent in its installation and maintenance of the nets and said she has “sustained injuries, suffered pain, lost wages and medical bills, and will continue to suffer such damages in the future,” according to the lawsuit.

    A spokesman for the United Center declined to comment to the Sun-Times on pending litigation. Higgins has not returned NBC Chicago's request for comment.