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New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez, known as A-Rod in the baseball world, is dealing with a medical malpractice legal battle, in addition to the legal issues regarding his violation of Major League Baseball’s anti-drug policy. Medical malpractice defense lawyers in New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida report that Rodriguez has filed a lawsuit against the team’s doctor, blaming his dismal performance in October 2012’s postseason games on the doctor’s alleged mistake. 

In his lawsuit, Rodriguez, 38, claims that orthopedic surgeon Christopher Ahmad, M.D., and by extension, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, misdiagnosed a left hip injury that the player sustained during a playoff game last season. After the injury, Rodriguez was 3 for 25, with 12 strikeouts, and no extra-base hits—miles away from his usual star performance with the Yankees. In the third game at the American League Division Series, he was replaced by a pinch hitter. 

Rodriguez had undergone a previous surgery in 2009 to repair his right hip. He was treated by Marc Philippon, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, who had reviewed the records previously noted by Dr. Ahmad and the radiologist who had been working with him. Both Dr. Philippon and Dr. Ahmad have ties to New York-Presbyterian Hospital. 

During postseason 2012, Dr. Philippon ordered an MRI, according to hospital records, and found enough evidence to suggest that A-Rod would need a second hip procedure, which was done in January 2013 during the team’s off-season. Although the player did receive the treatment he needed for his injuries, his lawsuit claims that Dr. Ahmad had previously known about the extent of the damage, and had failed to inform Rodriguez or the team’s coaches and managers. 

Yankees owners and managers have stated that they, too, did not receive the news regarding Rodriguez’s injuries to his left hip. Had they known, it is possible that he would not have been included in the team’s postseason lineup, and instead would have been given time to recuperate. The team expressed distress that Dr. Ahmad would have kept this information from them, stating that they had “relied on Dr. Christopher Ahmad and New York-Presbyterian Hospital for medical diagnoses, opinions, and treatment.” 

Medical malpractice defense attorneys in New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida say that A-Rod’s professional record has been affected by the relation between his injuries and poor postseason performance last year, and that the outcome of this lawsuit will hopefully determine why Dr. Ahmad acted the way he did. 

Doctors have a responsibility to share with patients when they need time-sensitive surgery, no matter how the surgery will affect a team’s sports season or record. At Lubell Rosen, a medical malpractice law firm with offices and attorneys in New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida, our lawyers represent doctors, nurses, and medical facilities who have been named in malpractice lawsuits.