While Yankee Alex Rodriguez is facing his own issues related to the 211-game suspension handed down in August, A-Rod also recently decided to file a lawsuit related to the medical care he received in October 2012. He claims that while an injury was clearly seen on a MRI, the Yankees physician did not tell him about the injury and cleared him to play.
According to the medical malpractice lawsuit, an MRI showed an injury to Rodriguez’s hip joint in October 2012. However, the Yankees team physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad, supposedly did not pass this information along to Rodriguez. Rather, he cleared him to continue playing.
This advisement to continue playing led to Rodriguez exacerbating the injury, according to the lawsuit. This ended up leading to pain, agony, injury and hospitalization. Rodriguez also claims mental anguish and emotional distress.
All of this comes at a time when Rodriguez is already making headlines as the union attempts to overturn his suspension. This suspension is related to alleged violations of the MLB’s drug agreement and labor contract.
Either way though, regardless of the back story of Rodriguez, there may be some merit to this medical malpractice claim.
Picture if this happened to the average New York City resident. If someone was not given the correct medical information and even encouraged to complete tasks that may lead to further injuries, no doubt many would be outraged. In fact, if a patient was not properly diagnosed or properly treated, this could even wind up being grounds for a lawsuit.
Source: CBS New York, "A-Rod Brings Lawsuit Against Yankees Team Doctor, NYC Hospital," Oct. 5, 2013