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Judge Dismisses Suit Against City and Youth Hockey League by Woman Injured by Puck

April 2, 2019
Christina Holdsworth

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the City of Buffalo and Dominik Hasek Youth Hockey League by a woman who sustained a traumatic brain injury when struck in the forehead by a puck while watching her son play hockey at a rink in January 2017. On February 27, 2019, Erie County Supreme Court Justice Mark J. Grisanti ruled that the plaintiff, a frequent spectator at hockey games, knew the risk she was taking by standing in an unprotected area of the rink and failed to show that she had been exposed to “unreasonable, increased risk of injury.” The woman was injured at “a normal youth hockey game,” the judge wrote in granting a motion for summary judgment and dismissal of the case by Goldberg Segalla associate attorney Christina G. Holdsworth

Christina is a member of the General Liability Practice Group. She focuses her practice on matters of personal injury, sports and recreation accidents, trucking and motor-vehicle accidents, sexual torts, defamation, and more.