The most prominent orthopedic surgeon in the athletic world is being sued by a former NFL player.
Brad Sohn, lawyer for ex-Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, announced in a statement that a lawsuit will be filed Tuesday in Florida on behalf of his client against Dr. James Andrews and his practice.
The suit alleges that Floyd suffered permanent nerve and muscle damage in his leg as the result of a 2016 surgery performed at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Floyd was allegedly told he needed arthroscopic knee surgery, but the suit claims the surgery was much bigger in scope and that subsequently he was "negligently administered a pain blocker," which caused the damage to his right leg.
Floyd, whose career ended in 2016, is seeking $180 million in damages.
“We believe that if Sharrif had not been the victim of the medical negligence we allege, he would’ve been paid commensurate with some of the top players at his position, if not some of the top defensive players in football,” Sohn told Sports Illustrated on Monday night.
The 26-year-old was selected with the 23rd pick of the 2013 draft after attending Florida. He had 9.5 sacks in 44 NFL games.
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