Little League Coach Sues 14-Year-Old Player

Baseball MoneyIf you haven’t already heard, a former Little League baseball coach has filed a civil lawsuit in a California court against a 14-year-old player and his parents for allegedly striking and tearing the coach’s Achilles tendon with a baseball helmet.  The coach says that, during a victory celebration after winning a game last spring, the teenager threw his helmet up in the air which struck coach Alan Beck’s leg as it came down.  The California coach is seeking $500,000 for pain and suffering and over $100,000 for lost wages and medical bills resulting from the personal injury.  The case is scheduled to be heard in court in approximately two months.

NJ Woman Seeks $500,000 for Injury at Local Baseball Game

Similar to this lawsuit is a case initiated by a local New Jersey woman in 2012 who suffered a broken bone during a Little League game at Manchester-Lakehurst field when a thirteen-year-old player overthrew a ball and hit the plaintiff.  Elizabeth Lloyd was sitting approximately 10 feet beyond the bullpen fence at the time she was struck.

A claim resulting from an accident like either of these would be covered, at least in part, by the defendant’s parents’ homeowners insurance, assuming a policy exists.  In the 2012 NJ case, Lloyd’s medical bills reached $150,000 but she sought $500,000, the maximum amount of coverage permitted by the teen’s parents’ homeowners insurance policy, for her injuries, pain and suffering.  In the present California matter, the parents are left paying out of pocket since no such homeowners insurance policy is in place.

Seek Advice from a Personal Injury Attorney if You’re Hurt

While this type of personal injury case may be rare, it represents that what seems to be a minor accident can result in a six-figure lawsuit and hefty legal fees.  It is important to consult with a personal injury law firm when injuries occur, whether they are on your personal property or in a public venue while at a sporting event.  If you suffer a personal injury in New Jersey, contact the team of personal injury attorneys at Villani & DeLuca at (732) 965-3350 today.