Tyrod Taylor, the former Los Angeles Chargers quarterback, is suing the team doctor David S. Gazzaniga on account of medical malpractice from an incident in 2020.
Taylor, who currently plays for the New York Giants, is accusing Gazzaniga of puncturing his lung while being treated for a rib injury, according to court case documents.
The lawsuit was initially filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in May 2021 with a trial set for November of this year. However, both the plaintiff and defendant agreed to move the trial to June, following the 2022 NFL season.
In the lawsuit, the quarterback claims that he suffered “severe physical pain resulting in hospitalization, physical therapy, emotional distress, and other past pain and suffering” on account of Gazzaniga’s actions. According to the court case, the team doctor attempted to administer a pain-killing injection to his fractured rib prior to the Chargers’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs in September 2020.
Attornies representing Taylor continued to accuse the doctor of “medical battery” throughout the lawsuit because their client “did not have proper and accurate informed consent prior to the anesthetic injections.”
Taylor also alleges that Gazzaniga’s malpractice contributed to unexpected career changes. “Negligence, carelessness and other tortious, unlawful and wrong acts … caused [Taylor] to lose position as the starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers for the 2020 season,” the NFL player’s attorney argues within the lawsuit.
Tyrod Taylor’s legal representatives claim that Gazzaniga was responsible for the quarterback losing upwards of $5 million
Providing more details, the attorney explained that losing the position of starting quarterback put him at a severe economic advantage, especially when considering he was taken in by the New York Giants as a backup quarterback.
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“As he returned to free agency he entered as a back-up quarterback as opposed to a starting quarterback,” the lawsuit contends.
“The economic difference between a starting quarterback’s salary and a back-up quarterback salary is at least $5,000,000 and is more than likely much greater. The exact amount of such past and future loss is unknown to [Taylor] at this time, and he will ask leave of this Court for permission to amend this Complaint to set forth the total amount when ascertained.”
Gazzaniga currently remains a part of the Chargers staff and is actively treating their starting quarterback Justin Herbert for an injury. The NFL Players Association and legal representatives will be looking into Gazzaniga’s treatment of the third-year quarterback.
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