Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Umpire Odds & Ends: Shattered Hip Lawsuit Award

For the second time in a week, an MLB level umpire has prevailed in a lawsuit.

Former baseball umpire wins settlement for faulty hip replacement
BRIDGEPORT-- Former Major League Baseball umpire Mark Hirschbeck, whose career ended when his artificial hip shattered, agreed Monday to settle a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the maker of the hip replacement. The settlement, with Wright Medical Technology of Arlington, Tenn., was reached before Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis as the case was about to go to trial.
By agreement, the terms of the settlement were not disclosed. However, Hirschbeck's lawyers, Edward Gavin and Joel Faxon, had initially offered to settle the case with Wright for $3 million.
Officials for Wright did not immediately return calls for comment.
The 50-year-old Hirschbeck, who lives in Ansonia, said he was happy with the settlement.

News: http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Former-baseball-umpire-wins-settlement-for-faulty-1351965.php

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okGtYOaBx-U (Mark Hirschbeck's Story, from 2009)

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