The following article was written by Spencer Wingate.
Major League Umpire Edwin Hickox and his wife are suing Amer Sports Corporation and their subsidiary Wilson Sporting Goods due to a concussion he suffered three years ago. The New York Yankees were hosting the Cleveland Indians on April 18th 2009 in a game Hickox was working as the ump behind home plate. In the sixth inning, Indians batter Ben Francisco foul tipped a ball that hit Hickox’s Wilson facemask. The ball cracked the mask and fractured it into pieces. As a result of the incident, he suffered a concussion, injuries to his ear, and a closed head injury. Hickox contends the mask malfunctioned, as it is designed to protect him. Due to the damage, Hickox, represented in Bronx County Supreme Court by Howard Richman with Grant Richman PLLC, missed work and racked up medical bills. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for personal injury, breach of contract warranty, defective design, false advertising, along with additional charges.