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Patricia Higgins filed a personal injury lawsuit against the United Center Joint Venture, which is a partnership between the Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois on Friday.
Higgins was seated in row 11, section 115, which is in the stadium's southwest corner, when a puck was hit into the stands and struck her during the game on June 12, 2013, according to the complaint. The United Center Joint Venture, which owns and maintains the stadium, is accused of not having a functional safety net which would have protected her from the puck.
The complaint states Higgins "sustained injuries, suffered pain, lost wages and medical bill, and will continue to suffer such damages in the future." Damages sought from the lawsuit are for an unspecified amount of money, but they do exceed $50,000, according to the complaint.
Spokespersons for both the United Center and the Blackhawks declined to comment on the lawsuit. A message left for Higgins' lawyer was not immediately returned on Tuesday.
Higgins was interviewed by a number of local media outlets following the incident in June of 2013. She told ABC Chicago her family owned Blackhawks season tickets and the incident occurred near the end of the third period of Game 1.
"The next thing I know I was struck in my head, my forehead, and I could not see," Higgins told ABC 7.
Higgins required more than 20 internal and external stitches to close the gash and had a bruised retina, inflammation and a concussion, according to a report by NBC Chicago. She also had reconstructive surgery.
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