Dr. James Andrews is a name sports fans hear quite a lot as the go-to orthopedic surgeon for sports stars. Unfortunately, his name is now in the news thanks to a $180 million lawsuit filed by former Minnesota Viking defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.
The suit was filed in Florida against Andrews, other staff involved in the surgery, the Andrews Institute for Orthopedic Surgery and associated corporations. Floyd went to the Andrews Institute for what was supposed to be routine arthroscopic surgery in September 2016. It was thought that Floyd would need three or four weeks of recovery time and then would return to his regular duties.
A change in plan
Once the surgery began, it was determined that the big lineman needed micro fracture surgery. This more complicated process, which Floyd says he never approved before surgery, involved drilling into the bone. According to ESPN, the surgery required administering a pain blocker afterwards. The suit alleges that the pain blocker paralyzed a nerve and the surrounding muscle, which left the 27-year-old first round draft pick unable to play football.
The $180 million amount is the projected earnings of Floyd if he had not had the surgery. It is based on what other top lineman earned. Floyd is also seeking damages for the following:
- Permanent bodily injury
- Past and future medical expenses
- Permanent disability from professional athletics
- Physical and emotional suffering, shame and damage to his good name
Player files grievanceagainst team
Floyd filed a grievance with the NFL after the player was put on the non-football injury list and received a substantial cut in pay. Floyd and his legal team argue that the surgery was related to football and therefore he should receive the higher amount from his contract.
Even famous athletes need attorneys
This case is a prime example of what can go wrong during an operation or diagnosis of a medical issue. Like their clients, doctors are human and should be held accountable for any injuries they cause. An attorney can help with this process.