Fowler, then playing for the New York Yankees in his major league debut, was seriously injured when he crashed into the right-field wall while chasing down a ball in foul territory. Fowler flipped over when he hit the wall and fell to the ground when he tried to stand up.
Fowler's lawsuit -- filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court, according to the Chicago Sun-Times -- claims negligence on the part of the White Sox and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority in not properly securing the unpadded electrical box he crashed into.
A highly regarded prospect, Fowler underwent emergency surgery at Rush University Medical Center and was sidelined for the remainder of the season with a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee.
He later was sent to Oakland as part of the Sonny Gray trade.