Giants Quarterback Tyrod Taylor Files $5 Million Lawsuit Against The Los Angeles Chargers & Team Doctor
Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor is reportedly suing his former team, the Los Angeles Chargers, for $5 million for alleged medical malpractice. Taylor sued the Chargers after the quarterback reportedly suffered a punctured lung while being treated for a rib injury moments before the September, 2020 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. According to the lawsuit, Taylor is suing Chargers team Doctor David S. Gazzaniga and his company, Newport Orthopedic Institute.
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, who was the 2020 sixth overall pick, came in after Taylor was injured and was ultimately named the starting quarterback after consecutive strong performances against the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Taylor’s lawsuit alleges that the quarterback had “severe physical pain resulting in hospitalization, physical therapy, emotional distress and other past pain and suffering” after Gazzaniga attempted to administer a pain-killing injection to his fractured ribs.
On account of both parties being in the midst of playing in the 2022 NFL regular season, the trial date has been scheduled for April 2023. Taylor’s attorney argues that the the reason why his client lost the starting job to Herbert after beating him out in training camp was because of Gazzaniga’s “negligence, carelessness and other tortious, unlawful and wrong acts.”
“As he returned to free agency,” the lawsuit contends, “he entered as a back-up quarterback as opposed to a starting quarterback. The economic difference between a starting quarterback’s salary and a back-up quarterback salary is at least $5,000,000 and is more than likely much greater. The exact amount of such past and future loss is unknown to (Taylor) at this time, and he will ask leave of this Court for permission to amend this Complaint to set forth the total amount when ascertained.”
Gazzaniga remains the team doctor for the Chargers, who just this week had to treat Justin Herbert for a debilitating fracture to his rib cartilage on Thursday night. His timeline for a return is unknown and his status is considered to be day-to-day.
Taylor is currently in his 11th season in the NFL. He spent four years at Virginia Tech which included winning both ACC Player of the year and ACC offensive player of the year in his senior year. He was a sixth-round selection by the Baltimore Ravens in 2011. He was a backup in all four seasons there but did win a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2012. He then played for the Bills for three seasons and had the chance to start, including a playoff appearance as a starter. Since then, he has been with the Browns, Chargers, and Texans. He signed a two-year deal this past offseason with the New York Giants. He is backing up Daniel Jones who is in his fourth year as the Giants’ starter.
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