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Little League Baseball Coach Sues 14 Year Old Player on his Own Team For Throwing Helmet

A California Little League baseball coach Alan Beck has sued a 14-year-old he was coaching as well as the child’s parents, alleging that after getting the game-winning hit the boy tossed off his helmet as he was running toward home plate which allegedly struck Beck’s Achilles tendon and tore it. The complaint asks for $500,000 in pain and suffering and $100,000 in lost wages and medical bills and also named the boy’s parents who have reportedly already spent $4,000 defending the action. The case has no merit and is frankly, suspicious. Obviously the child is judgment proof so the case is really against the parents. However, the law is clear, parents are not vicariously liable for the torts of their children absent certain defined exceptions such as if the child was working for the parents or there was some type of agency between them or where the parents encouraged the…Read More