Former NFL RB Awarded $28.5M in Medical Malpractice Case

 Wednesday, September 28, 2022

 New York Post

A former New York Giant who sued a prominent Manhattan surgeon for allegedly ending his football career won a whopping $28.5 million verdict in the case.

Running back Michael Cox, 33, had a four-year, $2.3 million contract with Big Blue when he was tackled during a November 2014 game in Seattle.

The collision left Cox with a broken leg, damaged cartilage and injured ankle, according to court documents. Cox later went under the knife at the Hospital for Special Surgery with Dr. Dean Lorich, who rose to fame after he treated U2 frontman Bono following the singer’s 2014 bike accident.

But Lorich, who was the associate director of the hospital’s orthopedic trauma service and chief of the orthopedic trauma service at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, allegedly failed to fully repair Cox’s left ankle, prompting the NFLer to sue the physician and the hospital in 2016 for unspecified damages.

More than a year after the case was filed, Lorich was found dead in his Upper East Side home with a knife in his chest. His death was later ruled a suicide.