Missouri Supreme Court Hears Appeal on Hot Dog Injury
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Missouri Supreme Court Hears Appeal on Hot Dog Injury

Date: September 11, 2013
By: Ellie Coatar
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
The Missouri Supreme Court heard appeal testimony from a man who was hit in the face by a hot dog at a baseball game.
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Wrap: John Coomer suffered eye injuries after being struck in the face by a hot dog thrown by Kansas City Royals mascot Slugerrr in 2009. He is appealing the Missouri Supreme Court to find the Royals at fault.

Royals counsel Scott Hofer says baseball game attendees assume these risks when at a game.

Actuality:  HOTDOG5.WAV
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Description: "I'm not asking to extend the risks inherent in a baseball game to spectators. What I'm saying is a spectator in a major league baseball park is not just watching a ball game. And that's the question here."

Coomer's attoney claims being hit by a hot dog is not an inherent risk to a baseball game and the Royals are negligent.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar...Newsradio 1120, KMOX.

Intro: 
A man appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court to find the Kansas City Royals responsible for an injury he received after being hit in the face by a hot dog.
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Wrap: John Coomer was struck in the face after the Royal's mascot, Slugerrr, threw a hot dog in 2009. He is appealing the jury's ruling that the Royals are not at fault.

Coomer's attorney Robert Tormohlen says its bad policy for an employer and its employees to throw hot dogs at the faces of its business invitees. 

Actuality:  HOTDOG3.WAV
Run Time:  00:16
Description: "Thats what the Royals want you to believe, is that while the risk of being injured by a hot dog is not inherent to a baseball game, it's inherent to the hot dog toss itself. That's a fallacy. Because the risk only arises if the mascot is negligent."

Royals counsel Scott Hofer says if you attend a major league baseball game, you assume this kind of risk.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar...Newsradio 1120, KMOX.


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