In 2013, wrestler and reality TV star Hulk Hogan filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the Laser Spine Institute and several of its surgeons in Tampa, claiming that they rendered inappropriate care that damaged his wrestling career due to them performing unnecessary surgeries on him. Additionally, the Institute used Hogan’s endorsement without his permission, prompting him to seek damages of $50 million.
Hogan, also known as Terry Bollea, believes that the Institute acted negligently due to monetary motives and that he was subjected to several endoscopic surgical procedures that further injured his already damaged back. Worse, Hogan claims that these surgeries were not only unnecessary, but that they were ineffective as well, and that the Institute used scare tactics to convince him to undergo these procedures yet failed to inform him that the procedures would only provide temporary relief – something that he later found out they had been doing to other patients in the Institute as well.
According to Hogan. the primary reason for the medical malpractice case relates to the fact that he needed traditional spinal surgery to correct his back injury in order to continue with his professional wrestling career; however, he was told by surgeons at the Institute that their minimally invasive procedures would yield the same results, and Hogan underwent 6 procedures in the span of 19 months. Hogan claims that these unnecessary surgical procedures destabilized his back and caused damage to his wrestling and entertainment career as his recovery resulted in him missing out on several opportunities. They also did not make the pain go away, and he was only able to find relief and return to wrestling after undergoing the traditional spine fusion, which he should have had done in the first place.
The surgeons at the institute were knowingly negligent, as they performed surgeries that were incorrect, sub-standard, and not properly explained to Hogan. Additionally, given that many patients experienced this same scenario at the same centre, it is clear that hospital negligence played a hand as well, because the centre had a responsibility to their patients to provide the best quality and standards of care, which they did not.
Given this complexity, it is important that you consult with a medical malpractice lawyer who can review your case and appropriately guide you on the way forward. Of equal importance is consulting with a lawyer who lives in the same state as you, as the laws and statute of limitations differ between states. If you live in NYC, then you will need to consult with a qualified NYC medical malpractice attorney to ensure that you have the best possible chance of winning your lawsuit and receiving compensation.
Your medical malpractice lawyer will explain to you that there are certain terms and conditions that you will need to meet to ensure your case’s viability before it is brought to trial, and they will be able to help you meet these criteria to ensure the best possible outcome for you.
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