Tyrod Taylor is suing Gazzaniga for medical malpractice, saying he treated a rib injury that allegedly resulted in a lung puncture, and is seeking at least $5 million in damages.
After sustaining a rib injury during the 2020 season, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Taylor sought treatment from team doctor David S. Gazzaniga and the Newport Orthopedic Institute south of Los Angeles.
Taylor says he sustained the puncture when Gazzaniga tried to inject a painkiller into the rib area. His attorneys also allege that Gazzaniga’s “negligence, negligence and other tortious, unlawful and wrongful acts” caused Taylor to lose his starting spot with the Chargers.
In the lawsuit, Taylor says he suffered from “severe physical pain that led to hospitalization, physical therapy, emotional distress and other prior aches and pains.”
Gazzaniga also faces charges of “medical battery” in the lawsuit, with Taylor’s attorneys saying he “did not have proper and accurate informed consent prior to the anesthetic injections.”
Taylor hit free agency after the 2020 season, but with the injury, the now 33-year-old did so as a backup – rather than a starter.
“The economic difference between a starting quarterback’s salary and a backup quarterback’s salary is at least $5,000,000 and is likely to be much greater,” the lawsuit states.
‘The exact amount of such past and future losses is unknown [Taylor] at that time, and he will ask permission of that court to amend this complaint to reflect the total amount once it is determined.’
Following the 2020 season, Taylor signed a one-year, $12.5 million contract as a starter with the Houston Texans. Another injury – this time to his hamstring – caused him to miss six games. After returning and starting four more games, the Texans turned to their rookie QB Davis Mills to start for the remainder of the year.
He signed a two-year, $17 million, $8.5 million guaranteed contract with the Giants last offseason.
Taylor began the 2020 season as a starter for the Chargers. He went 16/30 for 208 yards in a 16-13 Week 1 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
However, he again aggravated an old rib injury in Week 2 of the 2020 season against the Chiefs. The incident happened during the warm-up, with then-coach Anthony Lynn saying Taylor was taken to a hospital with breathing difficulties.
That injury led to the debut of then-QB rookie Justin Herbert, who completed 22 passes for 311 yards, one passing touchdown, one rushing touchdown and one interception in his NFL debut.
That performance got Herbert the starting spot, and Taylor never played another snap for the Chargers.
Gazzaniga is currently treating the current Chargers quarterback’s rib injury after Herbert sustained a fractured rib cartilage during Thursday night’s game against the Chiefs.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Newport Orthopedic Institute for comment.