Sharrif Floyd, a former defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, announced in a statement made by his attorney, Brad Sohn, that he intends to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Florida against famed sports orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, and his practice for allegedly mishandling a routine surgery which ended Floyd’s NFL career.
According to reports, the suit alleges that in 2016, Dr. James Andrews and his staff were to perform arthroscopic knee surgery on Floyd, a fairly minor procedure, however the surgery was actually much bigger in scope to where Floyd alleges that he was “negligently administered a pain blocker” which caused permanent nerve and muscle damage to his leg.
As a result of the botched surgery, Floyd’s career as an NFL player was essentially over and now he is seeking $180 million in damages for lost wages, loss of quality of life, and other punitive damages.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical Malpractice lawsuits are claims against medical professionals who harm or injure a patient due to medical negligence. Although this sounds like a low bar for a patient to hurdle for a medical malpractice claim, typically, legitimate claims are often much more complicated. A legitimate medical malpractice claim must meet certain criteria to help determine if the doctor committed medical negligence.
The simplest way to determine if a doctor committed medical negligence is if they breached what is called their “duty of care” to the patient. The duty (or standard) of care varies greatly on a number of factors such as the circumstances of the patient’s condition, but generally, it is determined by answering “Would another medical professional, given the same situation, generally act and administer care in the same way?” If the answer is “No” then you likely have a legitimate medical malpractice claim.
Are You A Victim of Medical Negligence? Contact the Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Moore Law Firm Today!
If you or a loved one were a victim of doctor abuse or medical negligence, call the McAllen medical malpractice lawyers at Moore Law Firm today for a free, private consultation to help determine if you have a legitimate medical malpractice claim.