As readers of this medical malpractice blog are aware, a faulty or misdiagnosis is a recipe for trouble. Existing injuries or conditions may go untreated. That, in turn, may require more extreme interventions when they are finally discovered. The recent medical malpractice lawsuit brought by New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez provides context.

According to reports, Rodriguez is unhappy with the treatment he received after a 2012 hip injury. He claims that he based his decision to keep playing after a hip injury on an orthopedic surgeon’s review of his October 2012 MRI. Specifically, Rodriguez claims that the surgeon failed to inform him of a left hip joint tear, which other doctors held to a professional standard of care would have spotted in the MRI. 

Not surprisingly, Rodriguez’s condition worsened after he continued to play. Although no professional athlete wants to spend time away from game play, the lack of recuperation in this instance may have necessitated Rodriguez’s January 2013 surgery. That procedure meant that Rodriguez couldn’t play with the Yankees for months, until August 2013. 

Although not every patient may have Rodriguez’s salary, regardless of a person’s financial standing, a medical mistake can translate into injuries that take time away from work and lost wages. Medical costs may also be greater after a misdiagnosis, in the event that existing injuries worsened due to untimely treatment. With the help of a medical malpractice attorney, an injured patient can bring a civil lawsuit against doctors, seeking compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.

Source: Sports Illustrated, “A-Rod wants to keep video deposition uncirculated,” March 25, 2014