Former Lakeside Little League coach Alan Beck scoots around his office in a chair after having surgery on a torn Achilles tendon, an injury Beck claims was caused by a former player.
Beck said the injury cost him thousands of dollars, which is why he he filed a civil summons against the teen, his parents Joe and Raegan Paris and Lakeside Little League for $500,000 for negligence.
“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 said. Beck added that he doesn’t think the incident was intentional.
When the Paris’ first received the summons, seven months after the incident, they were shocked.
“I almost thought it was a joke at first and shortly there after, I realized that it’s not a joke and we need to take care of it,” the boy’s father, Joe Paris, told FOX40.
Paris says the incident occurred in the Spring of 2013, after his son scored the winning run on a Granite Bay Baseball field.
After the score, Paris’ 14-year-old son threw his helmet up in victory but no one saw him throw the helmet at the coach including coach Beck.
Beck also said he did not know his attorney was asking for $500,000.
He only wanted enough to cover out-of-pocket expenses of $20,000.
“I feel like a victim because, basically, I tried to work this out with the parents. The parents never acknowledged my injury,” Beck said Wednesday.
Several months after the incident, Raegan Paris said Beck sent her an email. It was the first time she heard anything about the injury.
“He asked me for my homeowners insurance information and he wanted to call them directly so that he could get money to take care of any medical bills he had,” Raegan Paris said.
Along with the email was a note from Beck’s physician, which stated he had a pre-existing condition in the same area.