Oh, America. Why you gotta be so litigious?
What happened to “accidents/S#!t happens” and other sayings worthy of a bumper sticker? Gone the way of the cassette tape, I guess? A rarity? Seems to be the case.
A California Little League Baseball coach is the latest sue-happy person looking to cash in on a silly accident.
The coach is teaching one of his players a foul lesson: no celebrating baseball game wins!
According to Yahoo Sports, Alan Beck is suing one of his former players for throwing his helmet while celebrating his game-winning run.
Apparently the 14-year-old tossed his helmet in the air in his excitement. When the helmet came down, it landed on Beck’s Achilles tendon.
“I could not register right at that second, so I turned around and looked and there was a helmet laying on the ground and this young man that hit me was looking at me, stunned,” Beck tells Fox News.
Instead of chalking it up to the accident that it clearly was, Beck is suing the boy for $500,000 in pain and suffering in addition to another $100,000 in lost wages and medical bills.
“I feel like a victim because, basically, I tried to work this out with the parents. The parents never acknowledged my injury,” Beck told Fox40.
Break out the violins, people.
“At first I thought it was a joke,” the boy’s father, Joe Paris, who says he’s already paid more than $4,000 in legal fees, told his local television news station. “Now, I think it’s absurd.”
“He is a good guy who was volunteering his time and now he’s in a wheelchair. Who’s the victim here?” Beck’s attorney, Gene Goldman, told KCRA. Apparently it can sometimes take months to recover from a torn Achilles tendon.
Goldman continues,”This wasn’t part of the game. To have someone throw a helmet in that manner, you just don’t do that.”
You don’t throw your helmet while playing baseball? Does that apply to caps at graduation ceremonies? Because somebody somewhere is going to get injured on one of those sharp corners?
What do you think? Is this coach justified in his lawsuit? Or is that going too far?
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