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Alex Rodriguez: Failure to diagnose injury led to surgery

When anyone goes to the doctor with an injury or in pain, he or she expects that the medical team will do tests to help determine what is wrong. Once the testing is done, most people want to know what the diagnosis is. They also want to know the treatment plan. Alex Rodriguez claims that didn’t happen when he suffered from a hip injury in 2012. Kentucky residents who are familiar with Rodriguez’s career might be interested to learn about the newest development in this legal battle.

Rodriguez filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital and a Yankees’ doctor claiming that their failure to diagnose a hip joint tear on his left side led to further injury. He had an MRI in October of 2012, which showed the tear. He claims that the doctor didn’t tell him that. As a result of the misinformation, Rodriguez continued to play baseball. That made the injury worse and led to him needing surgery in January of 2013.

Those allegations have been denied by both the doctor and the hospital. The doctor’s lawyer says that Rodriguez was treated according to acceptable standards of care.

In a new development, Rodriguez’s lawyers are asking a judge to seal any videotaped depositions made regarding the case. They say they don’t want Rodriguez’s medical information being made public. The defense attorneys, however, say that no special treatment of Rodriguez should be allowed simply because of his celebrity status. The judge suggested that both sides come to an agreement to keep the depositions private unless the court has input on the matter. The matter will likely be discussed at the upcoming April 4 court date.

When a doctor’s failure to diagnose leads to further injury, seeking compensation like Rodriguez did might be possible. Understanding the process to seek compensation is vital for anyone planning to pursue claims.

Source: USA Today, “A-Rod wants to keep video deposition uncirculated” No author given, Mar. 25, 2014

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