Wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan has filed a lawsuit against Laser Spine Institute, claiming that the treatments he received for back pain at its Tampa location were ineffective and inappropriate for his condition and ultimately cost him some $50 million in income.
Hogan – whose real name is Terry Bollea – was suffering from severe back pain in 2009 and had consulted with three different surgeons who told him he needed major back surgery, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He walked into the Laser Spine Institute in Tampa on the recommendation of a neighbor.
Bollea alleges that doctors at the Laser Spine promised him their procedures would be “minimally-invasive” and would lead to a quicker recovery and yield better results than the surgery the other surgeons had recommended.
Instead, what the lawsuit contends, is that Bollea had to endure many unnecessary and ineffective procedures that cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars. The lawsuit claims that Laser Spine should have known their outpatient procedures wouldn’t work for his condition. The suit goes on to say that the procedures that were done actually did more harm than good, resulting in decreased spinal stability and increased bone loss. Two doctors who treated Bollea at Laser Spine were also named in the suit.
As a result of delays caused by the treatments, Bollea’s attorney claims he could not participate in a lucrative wrestling rematch with a top contender. That and other missed opportunities resulted in Bollea losing $50 million in income, the attorney contends.
Bollea decided to file the lawsuit after he read a 2011 exposé on Bloomberg.com that probed the company’s marketing tactics and interviewed patients who complained that Laser Spine’s procedures provided little to no relief for their conditions.
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