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Blackhawks fan Patricia Higgins has filed a personal-injury lawsuit more than a year after she was struck in the face by an errant puck during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Burr Ridge doctor claims the United Center should have maintained and inspected safety nets "in order to avoid injury to spectators," according to the lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.

Higgins was seated behind the safety net when the puck was "shot off the ice and struck" her, according to the lawsuit.

Among her claims are that the United Center was careless and negligent in its installation and maintenance of the nets. Because of that, Higgins "sustained injuries, suffered pain, lost wages and medical bills, and will continue to suffer such damage in the future," according to the lawsuit.

Higgins did not respond to requests for comment. Her lawyer could not be reached.

A spokesman for the United Center declined to comment on pending litigation.

A month after she was hit, a Park Ridge businessman who picked up the puck at the game gave it to Higgins.

At that time, Higgins, who suffered a concussion, said she still had flashes of light in her vision and was unable to smell or taste, but expected to make a full recovery.

In the lawsuit, Higgins seeks an unspecified amount of money and legal fees.


  

 
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