Blackhawks Fan Sues One Year After Game 1 Puck Hit Her in the Face

Burr Ridge doctor Patricia Higgins filed a lawsuit Friday against the United Center accusing the arena of negligence.

Patricia Higgins immediately after being struck in the face (right) and shortly thereafter. | NBC Chicago
Patricia Higgins immediately after being struck in the face (right) and shortly thereafter. | NBC Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks may have won the Stanley Cup last year, but the Game 1 puck that struck a Burr Ridge woman in the face was no good luck charm.

At least not for Patricia Higgins who is suing the United Center.

Higgins, 55, alleges the United Center failed to maintain and inspect safety nets that would have prevented "injury to spectators."

The suit was filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.

Higgins, a doctor, has been a season-ticket holder for more than a decade. She and her daughter were sitting in Row 11 on June 12, 2013, the night of Game 1.

"I'll be fine. Everybody just needs to cheer on the Blackhawks and make them win," she said last year after getting hit in the face. "Take Tylenol if your head hurts. That's all I can say."

About a month after the game, a fellow spectator who picked up the puck after it smashed into Higgins' face gave the puck to her.

Now, in suing the United Center, Higgins claims she “sustained injuries, suffered pain, lost wages and medical bills, and will continue to suffer such damages in the future,” according to the lawsuit.

She declined to speak to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Just Me! July 20, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Janet- while I can empathize with what your friend is going through. I still can not believe that the thought even crossed her mind to sue for this. As someone else posted, if you break a leg skiing are going to sue the lodge? There are risks that everyone takes in all activities that we do when we walk out the door. If it sounds cruel I can't apologize, but this sounds like just another sue happy cituation that your friend is choosing to partake in. Whether waiting a year or not. I would think she of all people being a M.D. Would have a great understanding, she pays a huge premium in Liability Insurance just to practice medicine. Her premium is high because of frivolous lawsuits, hence if she wins her lawsuit (for an activity she chose) who will pay? The fans with higher ticket prices.
KIMBER45 July 21, 2014 at 11:43 PM
JB18 July 23, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Pretty sure that not only do the tickets have an injury clause but there are signs posted everywhere saying pucks may enter the stands and an announcement before the puck drops. I'm sure the United Center has a liability policy and if I'm the claim adjuster, I'm not paying. But watch the UC settle to avoid litigation.
Tony July 24, 2014 at 06:04 AM
Fat cows head and body are the size of 3 normal human beings, how could the puck miss this monster. My sources tell me this old tubby is an obstruction to the fans behind her and also known to frighten young children at the stadium. The UC is much better without Miss Piggy as I'm sure this farm animal is done with live hockey. Don't pay dr muffin top a nickel and someone feed this Greedy pig another twinky!


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