WWE Ordered To Pay Over $300K In Lawsuit
A jury trial took place this week that has led to a ruling that WWE must pay over $300,000 due to injuries he suffered during an accident.
The jury sided with a man named Jackson Parsons, who was injured in an accident that took place on July 22nd, 2019. The lawsuit by Parsons was filed in June 2021.
On that July 22nd, 2019 date, a van rented by WWE was driven by Gaitan Thomas, who is a WWE employee that works as a props expert. That van was involved in a car accident with Parsons, who was riding a bicycle at the time. The legal filings by WWE describe Thomas as “an independent contractor engaged” by the company.
After the car accident, Parsons underwent ankle surgery for injuries sustained during the incident.
Parsons claimed that he has “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.”
The filing by Parsons also notes that 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.” In addition, Parsons said that he will have future medical expenses and suffered “a loss of earnings and earning capacity, both in the past and in the future.”
The lawsuit by Parsons claimed that he already has medical expenses in the amount of $171,430.38 while claiming a loss of earnings of around $75,000 to $100,000 and the projected future medical expenses are $314,850. The lawsuit also sought more money for “pain and suffering” among other things.
At the end of February, the trial began. On March 3rd, the jury ruled WWE’s negligence led to Parsons’s injuries, but that Jackson’s own negligence was a factor in the incident taking place.
It was determined by the jury that Parson held 65% of the negligence while WWE was responsible for 35% of it. The jury totaled Parsons’s damages at $948,000, which meant that WWE has to pay $331,800 for their part in it.
The case was officially closed by the court on March 6th.
Thanks to PWInsider for much of the information above.