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Former NFL Pro-Bowler Taylor Lewan Sues Dr. James Andrews for Medical Malpractice

by The Beasley Firm  |  May 16, 2023  |  

Lewan Alleges Surgery to Repair Torn ACL Led to Permanent Damage

Former Offensive Tackle for the Tennessee Titans, Taylor Lewan, has filed a lawsuit against Dr. James Andrews alleging medical malpractice. The lawsuit relates to a 2020 surgery that was supposed to repair a torn ACL. Instead, the pro athlete says the surgery resulted in career-ending permanent damage. Lewan was released by the franchise earlier this year. 

At The Beasley Firm, LLC, we represent professional athletes who have suffered harm as a result of sports medicine medical malpractice in Philadelphia and nationwide. Our attorneys have recovered over $2 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We know what it takes to hold doctors, team physicians, and hospitals accountable for their negligence.

If you have sustained an injury because of medical malpractice, contact our office at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free case evaluation. 

What Happened to Taylor Lewan?

Taylor Lewan, as reported by ESPN, is a three-time pro-bowl offensive tackle. He played in the NFL for nine seasons. He spent his entire career with the Tennessee Titans, who drafted him 11th overall in 2014. 

Lewan was released earlier this year after reinjuring his right ACL. He originally tore his ACL in October 2020. Within weeks of the initial injury, famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews performed surgery to repair his knee. The athlete, however, continued to struggle with the knee injury throughout the last three seasons of his career. 

What Is He Suing For?

The left tackle alleges that the surgery performed by Dr. Andrews resulted in permanent damage that ultimately proved to be career-ending. Lewan accuses Dr. Andrews, Baptist Health Care, Baptist Medical Group, and Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of negligence. 

As explained by ESPN, the former pro athlete is suing Andrews for:

  • Not using the correct graft;
  • Causing injury to surrounding cartilage in the knee;
  • Failing to repair the โ€œmedial meniscus;โ€
  • Failing to supervise; and
  • Failing to provide adequate post-surgical care.

If successful, damages in the case are expected to exceed $50,000. The lawsuit was filed earlier this month in Escambia County, Florida. It is not the first time that Dr. Andrews has been accused of medical malpractice. Sports Illustrated notes that the Doctor was sued by former Minnesota Viking defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.

What Is Sports Medicine Medical Malpractice?

Sports medicine is a specialized branch of health care that applies to athletes. Many professional athletes rely on experts in the field of sports medicine to help them recover from an injury quickly and return to playing. As with other forms of medicine, when a doctor fails to provide a reasonable standard of care, they may be held liable for medical malpractice. 

Sports medicine medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider acts negligently in the care and treatment of a patient. It is important to consult with an attorney to determine whether you might be eligible to file a claim based on medical malpractice.ย 

Were You Injured Due to Medical Malpractice? Contact Our Office.

Were you injured due to sports medicine-related medical malpractice? You might be entitled to compensation. Contact our office at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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