Lawyers Say Parsons “Seriously Injured” In Car Accident

Hawks forward Chandler Parsons has retained the services of the law firm Morgan & Morgan after being involved in a car accident last Wednesday, as Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports relays (via Twitter). Parsons was traveling home from practice when his car was struck by a driver who was subsequently arrested for drinking and driving.

“Morgan & Morgan has been retained by Mr. Parsons to help preserve all of his rights and navigate the legal process on his behalf in the wake of this terrible automobile crash,” attorneys John Morgan and Nick Panagakis said in a statement. “Chandler was seriously injured in this crash, which never should have occurred.”

According to that statement, Parsons suffered “multiple severe and permanent injuries” in the collision, including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation, and a torn labrum. Morgan & Morgan’s statement indicates Parsons was in “peak physical condition” before the accident and is now working with a team of doctors to regain his health. The statement also suggests the accident has the potential to end Parsons’ playing career.

When the Hawks first announced Parsons’ injuries last week, the team only diagnosed him with a concussion and whiplash, entering him into the NBA’s concussion protocol. It’s unclear if the disc herniation and torn labrum mentioned in Morgan & Morgan’s statement reflect injuries later identified by team doctors or if Parsons sought outside opinions.

Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes (via Twitter) that the Hawks have updated their injury report to mention an “associated disc injury” in addition to “concussion/whiplash” for Parsons.

Parsons wasn’t part of the Hawks’ rotation before last week’s accident, having appeared in just five games this season for the team. Now that he’s out indefinitely, it appears he may have played his last game for the franchise — his contract will expire at season’s end. Hopefully the 31-year-old can fully recover from his injuries and eventually make it back to the court.

The Hawks are ineligible to apply for a disabled player exception to replace Parsons even if his injuries are deemed season-ending, since they’re under the cap and the January 15 deadline has passed.

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21 thoughts on “Lawyers Say Parsons “Seriously Injured” In Car Accident

  1. DynamiteAdams

    He’s gonna make so much money off this lawsuit. One of the luckiest or unluckiest players of all time take your pick.

    • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

      Depends on who hit him. You can get all the legal judgements you want, but if the guy who hit him is a working stiff like most of us, all it will be is another court order. Morgan & Morgan will make a ton if CP does.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      He already made $140M for hardly playing at all over the past 7 years. Why does he need to sue someone for a tiny fraction of that?

      • Dxit90a

        He might have Long lasting injuries that are disabling and might alter his life . He deserves to get compensated for a reckless driver who ruined people life .

    • gammaraze

      Definitely very lucky as a player goes. Injuries happen ALL the time, especially in sports; just ask my dynasty fantasy football team with Jerick McKinnon and Derrius Guice… *cries*

      But if you gave me a chance to play less than 100 hours of basketball for $125M, I’m taking that every day of the week.

      Now, the accident, that’s bad luck, but an insurance company is only going to pay out to the maximum of the driver’s policy, and minimum coverage is 30/60/30…

    • Jason Lancaster

      I hope that he has some sort of disability coverage thru the league and/or the team. Otherwise, he’ll be lucky if he gets a penny.

      Even if the other driver is insured, most states don’t require drivers to carry more than $25,000 in liability coverage (maybe $100k, but it’s Georgia, so prolly not). And unless the other driver is a hundred millionaire, they’re not going to have the money to pay a judgment.

      Most of the time, when stuff like this happens, the victim just loses a fortune. The US is great, but this is one of the areas where our country is terrible. A person can get hit thru no fault of their own and lose a fortune. It’s awful.

  2. Dxit90a

    Wish him a speedy recovery. It sucks when reckless drunk drivers take away the chance of him playing the game he loves and might have to go through bad side effects from it. i hope he comes away with it stronger

  3. hiflew

    You’d think someone with as much money as Parsons could do better than hiring personal injury attorneys that beg for clients on TV.

    Who knows, maybe he is setting himself up for a career making commercials after his NBA deal expires.

    • Jason Lancaster

      So he wanted to get into a car accident that injured him? Or he’s just lucky maybe?

      This doesn’t make any sort of sense.

      • All American Johnsonville Dogs

        Think they were saying he should of hired better lawyers which he could have.

    • x%sure

      Parsons was watching TV late one night, saw the ad, thought Why not, It might be good for a bitter chuckle.

  4. Buckman

    I feel bad his luck but I laughed when “Chandler Parsons” and “peak physical condition” were used in the same sentence. He’s been getting paid for being injured a good chunk of the past several years. Looks like he’s in line for more cash I just hope makes a full recovery. That’s the most important thing.

  5. specialfriedrice

    It’s like this guy will just walk into money no matter what he does…

    Good luck to the lawyer trying to argue that he would have continued his NBA career before the accident…not a hope…

    All though Morey is probably dumb enough to give him another contract. Loves to piss away the bankroll that ol Morey…

  6. bothymam24

    I’m hopeful he’s able to possible live the best life he can after the incident. Hopefully he’s able to come back. Even if he was stuck riding the bench being injured it happens

  7. phillyballers

    You hire a lawyer that has experience with those cases. Not hard to understand hiring who he did. Hope he recovers.

  8. Lots of hate for the guy. I realize he was grossly overpaid and was kind of a douche, but that’s a lot of people in the NBA.

    I hope his legal case works out. Drunk drivers are scum.

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