WWE is on the road to WrestleMania in their storylines, but they appear to be on their way to another courtroom outside the squared circle. The company is preparing to go to trial over a lawsuit that stemmed from a WWE employee’s mistake on the road.
PW Insider reports that WWE is set to go to trial on February 27th before the Florida Middle District Court. This lawsuit was filed by Jackson Parsons, who was the victim of that 2019 traffic accident.
Jackson Parsons filed this lawsuit in June 2021. The lawsuit alleges that on July 22nd, 2019, a car driven by company employee, Gaitan Thomas, who was on the clock with WWE at the time, hit Parsons while he was riding his bike.
WWE legal filings in the case have described Gaitan Thomas as “an independent contractor engaged” by the company. Of course, this is a title they consider many people within the company, including talent.
As a result of the incident, Parson claimed he has “suffered physical injuries, pain-and-suffering, disability and the inability and loss of the capacity to lead and enjoy normal life, inconvenience, disfigurement, scarring and mental anguish.” In his filing, he claimed he will be dealing with permanent issues due to the accident, citing he “suffered physical injuries, pain-and-suffering, disability and the inability and loss of the capacity to lead and enjoy a normal life, inconvenience, disfigurement, scarring and mental anguish,” and further asserts that his injuries and suffering are permanent, that he has incurred past medical expenses and will incur future medical expenses on account of the motor vehicle accident, and that he has also suffered “a loss of earnings and earning capacity, both in the past and in the future.”
In his lawsuit, Parsons stated that he has lost the quality of life that he moved to Florida in order to seek and noted past medical expenses stemming from the accident are already in the amount of $171,430.38. He cited a loss of earnings, past and future, estimated at $75,036.00–$100,048.00 and projected his future medical expenses in the amount of $314,850.00. The lawsuit also seeks $76,500.00 for Parsons’ Pain and suffering, mental anguish and inconvenience as well as $401,500 for future pain and suffering.
In December 2020, Parson demanded a settlement from WWE of $1,064,328.38. Obviously, that didn’t happen, and then the lawsuit was filed later in 2021.
WWE has a lot of issues outside the squared circle right now. Only time will tell if they will be able to make this problem go away, but this is just one of the many reasons why WWE keeps a team of lawyers on retainer.
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