Hospital for Special Surgery to appeal former NFL player's $28.5M verdict

Orthopedic

A jury on Sept. 23 awarded $28.5 million to former New York Giants running back Michael Cox, who sued Dean Lorich, MD, and New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery in 2016, Insurance Journal reported Sept. 27.

Mr. Cox broke his leg and injured his ankle during a November 2014 game, and Dr. Lorich operated on him. The surgery failed to repair the running back's ankle, and Mr. Cox's football career ended.

The verdict included $15.5 million for future pain, $12 million in lost earnings and $1 million for past pain and suffering, the report said.

Dr. Lorich died a year after the lawsuit was filed. 

Hospital for Special Surgery plans to appeal the decision, a spokesperson said in a Sept. 28 email to Becker's. The spokesperson described the verdict as "inconsistent with the evidence in the case."

Note: This article was updates Sept. 28 to include comment from Hospital for Special Surgery.

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