Hulk Hogan files $50 million lawsuit against Laser Spine Institute
By Mark Favaloro, Medical Malpractice Attorney
A man named Terry Bollea has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute, alleging he was the victim of unnecessary surgeries which “severely damaged” his career. If Mr. Bollea’s name doesn’t ring a bell, his professional name may – Hulk Hogan.
The famous pro wrestler underwent multiple LSI procedures but never experienced more than temporary relief from his back pain, for which other doctors had recommended a more intrusive procedure. According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, the suit alleges that “due to LSI’s monetary rather than medical motives, became the victim of multiple unnecessary endoscopic surgical procedures that further destabilized his already existing injured back … during the last chapter of an internationally successful athletic and entertainment career,”
In addition to claiming unnecessary surgeries, the lawsuit said the Laser Spine Institute used an endorsement from Hogan without permission or payment.
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The wrestler’s lawsuit accuses the clinic of advertising endoscopic procedures as a less-intrusive alternative to traditional surgery “through scare tactics,” while failing to inform patients that its procedures offer “only temporarily treat symptoms and cannot treat and provide a long term solution ….”
In 2011, Bloomberg.com produced a critical report about the Laser Spine Institute. The report spotlighted LSI’s practices of advertising out-patient, non-invasive surgery and promoting the operations at seminars in hotel meeting rooms. According to the report, because the clinics are not regulated like hospitals, the centers are performing what some experts warn are ineffective, expensive and potentially dangerous procedures.
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