The good people of New York take their sports very seriously. Like sports fans around the country, New York baseball enthusiasts want to know that their favorite players are working hard and winning games. Baseball is a career and business, however, and can involve serious employment and medical disputes. One of the New York Yankees’ most recognizable players is currently pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit, in addition to other accusations, against his team and medical providers for alleged mistreatment and negligence.
Alex Rodriguez had surgery on his left hip in January and did not return to the game until August of this year. He had surgery on his right hip some four years earlier. The Yankees team contends that A-Rod complained of issues with his right hip prior to his latest hip surgery, but he argues that the team ignored concerns over the condition of his left hip and forced him to play with a serious injury.
In his medical malpractice suit, A-Rod claims that a physician with the Yankees team allowed him to continue to play after an MRI apparently showed that his left hip was injured. The baseball player also argues that the doctor didn’t tell him about the injury. A New York hospital is also identified as a defendant in this suit, and the plaintiff claims that he has sustained emotional distress and anguish, in addition to pain and suffering as a result of the mistreatment he endured.
The medical malpractice suit is accompanied by employment complaints by the baseball player. A-Rod is also suing the baseball commissioner and MLB, and is in the midst of a dispute involving the players’ union.
Source: thespec.com, “MLB: A-Rod suing Yankees team doctor, New York City hospital over ‘pain, agony, distress,’” David B. Caruso, Oct. 7, 2013