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Chances are, if you break your hand, it's probably not a million-dollar injury. On the other hand (pun intended), if you're a Major-League Baseball pitcher, it could be worth a lot more than that. One jury in California has decided that a former MLB pitcher deserves a $2.3 million award after he broke his hand during a dangerous -- and odd -- altercation with a stranger.
Former MLB pitcher, Greg Reynolds, pitched for the Colorado Rockies in 2008 and 2011, the Texas Rangers in 2012, and the Cincinnati Reds in 2013. In January of 2015, he came upon Domenic Pintarelli, who had been attending a party at neighbor, Connor Pope's house. Apparently, both Pope and Pentarelli had taken LSD, and the latter was wandering the streets near Reynolds' home, naked and screaming. When the former MLB pitcher asked Pintarelli if he needed help, the naked man attacked him. Subsequently, Reynolds broke his hand punching Pintarelli, who was trying to enter the pitcher's home.
Reynolds sued Pintarelli and Pope, claiming the injury cut his pitching career short because it left him unable to move and control a baseball. He claimed that both men had taken LSD which led to the incident.
The jury agreed. They found Pope negligent for providing the venue for the drug-fueled party and Pintarelli primarily responsible for the pitcher's injuries. Reynolds was awarded $2.3 million in damages, including $300,000 to his wife for pain and suffering.
If you've been injured, you shouldn't have to bear all of the financial weight if someone else was at least partially at fault. Speak with an attorney today to discuss your options.
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