Tyrod Taylor sues Chargers team doctor for $5 million for malpractice

With Justin Herbert transaction with fractured rib cartilagethe quarterback he replaced is suing one of the Chargers‘team doctors for medical malpractice on the treatment of a similar injury.

Tyrod Taylor was kicked out of the Chargers 2020 Week 2 Game minutes before kick-off after an injection to help him deal with pain from two fractured ribs resulted in perforation of the lung.

Herbert, then a rookie, replaced Kansas City this Sunday afternoon at SoFi Stadium and has remained the Chargers’ starter since.

Taylor is suing David Gazzaniga, who remains one of the Chargers’ four team doctors, for at least $5 million. Taylor now plays for the New York Giants.

A trial was scheduled for mid-November before being moved to June 2023. Taylor originally filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court in May 2021.

The lawsuit comes to light at a time when Herbert’s injury dominated the news surrounding the Chargers.

He was injured with about five minutes left Thursday night against the Chiefs after being hit by defensive end Mike Danna. After the game, Gazzaniga was one of the team medical staff assisting Herbert, who only missed one shot before returning.

On Friday, trainer Brandon Staley announced that tests on Herbert revealed the fractured cartilage. I called the day-to-day quarterback status.”

Along with avoiding further damage to his ribs, pain management will be a primary factor in determining Herbert’s availability for at least the next few weeks.

Injections like the one that injured Taylor are a common method used to help athletes deal with pain.

Taylor’s lawsuit says he was originally injured in the Chargers’ 2020 season opener in Cincinnati. In that game, Taylor played all 74 offensive snaps for the Chargers, although at one point Herbert was seen warming up as if preparing to play.

A week later, September 1. 20 – came the pre-game incident at SoFi Stadium. Taylor’s lawsuit states that the punctured lung caused him to lose his original job and caused him “severe physical pain resulting in hospitalization, physical therapy, emotional distress, and other past pain and suffering.”

The NFL Players Association investigated the situation at the time but took no action.

Taylor was in his second year with the Chargers and set to become a free agent after the season. After week 2, I only played one snap the rest of the season.

Taylor’s lawsuit states that “when he returned to free agency, he entered as a backup quarterback as opposed to a starting quarterback. The economic difference between the salary of a starting quarterback and a backup quarterback is at least $5,000,000.00 and is more than likely much greater.

Taylor’s lawsuit says her exact financial loss — past and future — was unknown at the time of filing and asks the court’s permission to change the $5 million total when a more specific figure is determined.

After the 2020 season, Taylor signed a one-year contract with Houston and earned $5 million, according to overthecap.com. He opened as the Texans starter before being injured in Game 2. Taylor returned four more times but was eventually replaced by Davis Mills.

In March, Taylor, now 33, signed a two-year contract with the Giants worth up to $11 million, according to overthecap. He supports Daniel Jones.