Little League Coach Sues Parents over Injury

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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.

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  • DropItDrBeck

    Hi Everyone,
    We are extremely grateful to everyone who has been supporting Joe Paris and Family through this ridiculous ordeal. We have created a facebook page as well as a page where you can show your support and even make donations towards defense expenses. Please head over to both pages and join our fight against Dr. Alan Beck and his lawsuit and continue to share your thoughts.

    The Official Support Team (really we are just his family) of Joe Paris & Family

  • marj413

    He should be reimbursed for any out of pocket expenses and maybe lost wages, but half a million for pain and suffering? Come on now.

  • Irene

    How pathetic. Listened to the sob story he gave Shepard Smith. As one who suffers from chronic Achilles tendinitis, the coach is just a pitiful, vindictive, bully.

  • mysaints

    the family's attorney should ask that this case be dismissed. its a risk this ref. took when he took this position. same as fans in the stand. its a known risk that one may be injured by a fly ball. even this beck guy admits that he didn't believe the incident was intentional. therefore, there's no negligence on the part of the teen or his family. so, if he wasn't paying attention and was struck in the head by a foul ball or a ball thrown, with not such good accuracy, its his problem and a risk he was willing to take. one more note: the same goes for parked cars being hit by a fly or foul ball. accidents happen and its a risk you take.

  • mysaints

    so, if a ref. at a football game gets knocked down and breaks his leg, should he be able to sue the player who knocked him over? no. its a risk he took. same thing has happened to a ref. in a boxing ring. he got in the way of a punch and was knocked out, it wasn't intentional, he took the risk by being in the ring where guys are throwing punches all over the place. too many suit happy people in this flippin country.