Massachusetts readers may remember wrestling star Hulk Hogan. The industry veteran was once one of the most successful wrestlers in the country, and continues to remain visible in the wrestling world. Hogan is making recent headlines for reasons unrelated to his wrestling career, however, following his filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The complaint alleges that a spinal care facility and several doctors working within subjected the wrestler to a series of medically unnecessary surgical procedures. He claims that these endoscopic surgeries brought him nothing more than a temporary reduction in pain. In addition, the aging wrestler claims that the destabilization that the surgeries caused led him to lose a significant volume of income when he was rendered unable to wrestle for a period of time.
Hogan is seeking more than $50 million in damages in the suit. He claims that he was never told that the surgical procedures were unable to provide lasting pain relief or to permanently heal his back issues. In addition, he states that he was subjected to 'scare tactics' that pushed him into agreeing to the procedures, which were never medically necessary.
This story serves as a reminder to Massachusetts residents that medical malpractice can take a variety of forms. When a patient entrusts a medical professional to guide him or her through the range of treatment options, it is expected that the caregiver will focus on the needs of the patient, and not on their own financial gain. If the assertions made in this case are found to be true, it could lead others to look more closely at the care they receive to determine whether they have been similarly mistreated, and to take legal action when necessary.
Source: Timesleader.com, "Hulk Hogan sues spine clinic, alleges malpractice," Jeff Weiner, Jan. 14, 2013