America has become an incredibly litigious nation, with lawyers willing to take the case of virtually any client they believe can be a source of revenue. While it is frustrating enough to see adults go after one another with such abandon, many see a lawsuit currently pending in California as utterly unconscionable.
Alan Beck, the coach of a Little League baseball team, is pursuing a $600,000 suit against a 14-year-old player for doing something people in his position naturally do upon winning a game. He celebrated, tossing his helmet in the air, and unwittingly striking Beck with it in the process.
According to recent reports, the coach is seeking half a million dollars in pain and suffering, with another $100,000 to cover medical expenses and lost wages. The incident allegedly resulted in an injury to the coach’s Achilles tendon, which his attorney claims has rendered him disabled.
“He’s a good guy who was volunteering his time and now he’s in a wheelchair,” Gene Goldman explained. “Who’s the victim here?”
The teenager’s father, Joe Paris, would also like to know the answer to that question. He said he initially could not believe his son was really being targeted by his former coach.
“At first I thought it was a joke,” the player’s father recalled, describing the lawsuit as “absurd.”
Goldman contends that the child’s celebratory act “wasn’t part of the game,” saying kids “just don’t do that.” Of course, his assertion is patently false.
Media reports have pointed out that, even in videos on the official Little League YouTube channel, it is commonplace to find players engage in similar acts.
Nevertheless, the Paris family has already spent thousands on legal fees. Unbelievably, Goldman dismisses the expense, pointing out that “they should have had homeowner’s insurance,” which can sometimes help with the cost associated with such outrageous lawsuits.
–B. Christopher Agee
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