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A-Rod sues Yankees, team doctor for alleged medical malpractice


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 11, 2013 in Doctor Errors

Connecticut fans of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez watched the drama unfold again as he unloaded another shotgun blast of legal action, this time aimed at the team doctor and the hospital where he got an MRI on his hip in 2012. Claiming medical malpractice, the baseball player sued for what he called a misdiagnosis of the injury to his left hip. This new court action came after the slugger filed suit a week earlier against Major League Baseball for its investigation into his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.

The MRI was taken after A-Rod struggled during the 2012 playoffs. In early 2013 he had surgery on the injured hip, which kept him off the diamond until August of that year. A hip specialist in Colorado said the athlete had a superior labral tear, but Rodriguez claimed in the suit that he was not informed by the team doctor of this diagnosis at the time. The suit claims that the team doctor knowingly cleared him to play and thereby allowed for the injury to worsen, eventually requiring the baseball star to go through more surgery.

Furthermore, the suit claimed that the New York Yankees and its team doctor acted negligently and carelessly when they did not evaluate his injury properly or diagnose or treat it in a timely manner. It also said that all of this happened without any fault or lack of care on the part of the athlete.

Even millionaire baseball players can end up the victims of doctor errors such as misdiagnosis. A Connecticut lawyer with a background in medical malpractice claims may be able to help clients arrange a settlement for medical expenses, long-term disability and other damages.

Source: USA Today, "A-Rod files malpractice suit against Yankees doctor", Gabe Lacques, October 05, 2013