While the rest of the Philadelphia Phillies struggle with injury, it looks like it's time for the Phillie Phanatic to lawyer up against a personal-injury claim. Though her own lawyer admits it's akin to "suing Santa Claus," a 75-year-old woman has filed a lawsuit against the green mascot in civil court. She says the Phanatic caused a few injuries during a run-in at a minor league game in 2008 and she's seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages.
That, obvously, would take the Phanatic more than a few dugout dances and ATV rides to pay off. (And he has kids to feed!) Details on the lawsuit below.
Grace Crass, of Wernersville, claims that she was at the Reading game with her church group when the massive, green, bird-anteater hybrid climbed through the stands and onto her legs, her attorney John Speicher said.
"Not only was the pain immediate, she started yelling at him," Speicher said.
Crass claims that her arthritis, which had been asymptomatic, kicked into full gear.
"It set off the arthritic process, and in fairly short order she needed a lot of medical treatment," Speicher said. "Ultimately, she needed to get knee replacements."
Everyone knows the Phanatic is a magnet for children, but he attracts lawsuits with almost equal power. The Philadelphia Daily News reports that the Phanatic has been successfully sued on three previous occasions, including an instance where one man was awarded $2.5 million after claiming he was injured by a Phanatic bearhug at the opening of a paint store in 1994. That'd buy you Chad Durbin(notes) for a year (plus a few nice cans of Sherwin-Williams)!
Of course, the Phanatic isn't the only mascot to be served a court summons. Earlier this season, the Royals mascot was sued for shooting a man in the face with a hot dog gun and the Chicago Bulls mascot was sued in 2008 after a man said his bicep was torn after an aggressive high-five.
Given the litigious dangers of the profession, those mascot schools might want to implement courses on avoiding the elderly, properly shooting encased meats and giving depositions as part of their curriculum.
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