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Umpire Demands $6 Million From Wilson

WASHINGTON (CN) - Major League Baseball umpire Edwin Hickox demands $6 million from Wilson Sporting Goods, claiming a defective facemask caused him to suffer a concussion, broken ear bone and other injuries as he called a Washington Nationals baseball game.

Hickox says that as he called a night game on May 14, 2005, at RFK Stadium, "a fold ball struck the throat guard of Plaintiff's mask. The impact dislodged the mask's metal frame from the rest of the mask. The ball's force pushed the frame into Plaintiff's ear canal, then pushed the entire mask completely off of Plaintiff's head and onto the ground. The Plaintiff suffered numerous injuries, including but not excluding, a concussion, broken bones in his left ear, and an inner-ear fluid leak from his right ear."

Hickox says he needed surgery to remove the broken ear bone and have it replaced with a titanium prosthesis. He is represented in Superior Court by Patrick Regan with Regan Zambri & Long.

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