Sports Stars Whose Lives Were Wrecked by Medical Malpractice
Medical errors and negligence are quite common within America’s healthcare system. In fact, the Civil Justice Resource Group estimates there are between 25,000 and 120,000 deaths caused by medical malpractice each year. Understandably, athletes can be especially susceptible to medical mistakes due to sports injuries and other factors. Let’s take a look at some prominent figures in sports who had their lives and careers ruined bymedical malpractice.
Delvin Breaux, New Orleans Saints
In 2017, New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux saw his NFL career come to a premature end shortly after he was misdiagnosed with a bruised leg that ended up being broken. According to a lawsuit filed last year, team doctors for the Saints diagnosed his leg injury as a contusion, when in fact it was a fractured fibula that should have been treated with surgery. Because of the misdiagnosis, Breaux continued to play on the leg for several weeks before getting a second opinion. His career ended shortly after. The lawsuit claims that doctors failed to meet the “acceptable standard of care” in treating Breaux. The team doctors in question have since been fired from the Saints.
Sharrif Floyd, Minnesota Vikings
In 2016, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd suffered a knee injury just one game into the season. He underwent what was supposed to be a routine arthroscopic procedure, but the surgery was allegedly botched and left Floyd with permanent nerve damage that has rendered him unable to return to the field. In 2018, Floyd filed a $180 million malpractice lawsuit alleging that the doctor deviated from the approved pre-surgical plan and performed a more invasive procedure than Floyd had agreed to.
Grant Cox, Clemson University
In 2016, Grant Cox was a rising athletic star showing promise for an exciting professional baseball career when his aspirations were cut short by an injury while playing for Clemson University. According to a malpractice suit filed in 2018 against the university’s sports medicine department, Cox’s recovery process was botched when the sports department required Cox to perform certain rigorous exercises that exceeded the doctor’s recommendations. In addition, the suit claims that Cox “was not seen by a physician and received no post-surgical physician follow-up, evaluation nor treatment” during his entire four-month recovery process. Cox says his physical issues are ongoing and he is unlikely ever to return to the field.
Medical malpractice and negligence can happen to anyone, not just sports stars. If you or a loved one has suffered needless loss and pain due to medical malpractice, our team of experienced attorneys can help. Call our offices today for a consultation.