Tyrod Taylor sues Chargers team doctor for medical malpractice stemming from 2020 lung perforation

Tyrod Taylor sues Chargers team doctor for medical malpractice stemming from 2020 lung perforation

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Giants backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor is suing Chargers team physician David S. Gazzaniga and the Newport Orthopedic Institute for medical malpractice stemming from a punctured lung Taylor suffered during his time with the Giants. Chargers, according to ESPN’s findings. The punctured lung occurred during treatment for a rib injury in 2020. Taylor is asking for at least $5 million.

Originally scheduled for November, the trial is now expected to begin in April due to the NFL schedule. The lawsuit was filed in May 2021.

Taylor suffered a punctured lung prior to the Chargers’ Week 2 game against the Chiefs when Gazzaniga attempted to administer a painkiller injection into Taylor’s fractured ribs. Taylor, who led the Chargers to a season-opening victory over the Bengals, said in the lawsuit that he suffered “severe physical pain resulting in hospitalization, physical therapy, emotional distress and other past sufferings”.

Taylor’s attorneys say Gazzaniga’s “negligence, recklessness and other tortious, illegal and wrongful acts” led to Taylor losing his starting job to then-rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, who started the Chargers’ remaining 15 games of the 2020 season. Herbert earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors as the Chargers finished the year with a 7-9 record.

The 2020 season was Taylor’s second and final year in Los Angeles. He spent the 2021 season at Houston, where he made six starts before injuries and the emergence of Davis Mills saw him spend the majority of the season on the sidelines. He signed with the Giants this offseason and is currently a backup for Daniels Jones.


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