Taylor Lewan Sues Dr. James Andrews Over ACL Repair
Former Tennessee Titans left tackle and current free agent Taylor Lewan, who was released by the Titans back in February of this year over a failed physical, is suing renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews for medical malpractice, according to ESPN.
Lewan says that the October 2020 surgery to repair his torn right ACL left him with “severe and permanent” damage. The lawsuit was formally filed on Tuesday night of this week in circuit court in Escambia County, Florida.
Other defendants named in the suit are Benjamin Sherman, Baptist Health Care and Baptist Medical Group, along with the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, who are accused of an improper repair that caused “permanent injury to his right knee, and surrounding structures, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments” and cutting Lewan’s NFL career short as a result of “negligent acts and omissions.”
“We cannot comment on patients or pending litigation,” said Christian Garman of the Andrews Institute, per the report.
Additionally, the lawsuit accuses Andrews of negligence for not using a specific graft, injuring surrounding knee cartilage, not repairing the medial meniscus, failing to supervise residents and fellows, and failing to provide proper care after surgery.
The lawsuit states that Lewan is dealing with “severe pain and disability, suffering, disfigurement, loss of ability to enjoy life, past and future medical expenses, past and future loss of earnings, past and future loss of career earnings, past and future loss of career opportunities, and mental distress”, and asks for a jury trial and damages in excess of $50,000 plus costs, interest and other relief decided by the court.