Woman's death ruled 'by foul ball'

February 06, 2018

Woman's death - 'by foul ball'

 A grandmother celebrating her 79th birthday and 59th wedding anniversary at a game at Dodger Stadium last August died four days after being hit in the head by a foul ball. Details have been kept from the public due to a lawsuit filed by the family, but the team released a statement on Monday. 

Linda Goldbloom's death Aug. 29 was ruled an accident by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner. She was in the stands Aug. 25 when a ball hit by a San Diego Padres player sailed over protected netting and struck Goldbloom.

She died at L.A. County-USC Medical Center. The cause of death was acute intracranial hemorrhage with a history of blunt force trauma as the secondary cause, the online coroner's report said.

''A very hard, low trajectory line drive came up and hit her in the head,'' her husband, Erwin Goldbloom, told KNBC-TV in an interview broadcast Monday. ''We loved each other very much.''

The Dodgers said in a statement they were ''deeply saddened'' by Goldbloom's death and the ''matter has been resolved between the Dodgers and the Goldbloom family.'' The team said there would be no further comment for now.

''They offered to pay the funeral expenses, but then we filed a lawsuit for wrongful death and that's when we had the mediation,'' Erwin Goldbloom said. ''It was settled.''

Details of the settlement were not released.

Goldbloom was a mother of three children and grandmother of seven. Daughter Jana Brody told ESPN she hopes to have a fund established in her mother's memory to help victims of such accidents and their families.

Dangerous Fouls

For the first time last season, all 30 major league ballparks expanded protective netting that reached to at least the far ends of each dugout. The push for expansion increased in 2017 after a series of spectator injuries.

Foul ball injuries in baseball are not uncommon, but foul ball deaths at MLB games are rare.

According to a study conducted by Bloomberg News in 2014, approximately 1,750 spectators at MLB games are injured by foul balls every season.

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Ran DeBord ~ All Access Sporting News

Sources for this article include: MLB, ESPN, Dodgersbaseball, Bloomberg, AASNSports

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