Hulk Hogan has sued claims the Laser Spine Institute (LSI), based in Florida. His medical malpractice lawsuit says he was duped into undergoing multiple procedures that were “unnecessary and ineffective," and that those procedures in fact worsened his back problems.
Hogan filed the lawsuit in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court in Florida, and is seeking $50 million for lost work opportunities during the 19-month period when he was a patient of LSI.
In addition. Hogan, whose real name is Terry G. Bollea, alleges his name and likeness was used without his permission on promotion material for LSI. The lawsuit said that in March of 2011, his lawyer ordered LSI to halt the use of his likeness, adding that a quote attributed to him in a marketing brochure came from a photo he signed as a personal favor to a LSI employee on the day of his first surgery.
Hogan turned to LSI in 2009, seeking treatment for multiple lumbar spinal abnormalities including scoliosis and bulging discs. However, his lawsuit says that the procedures actually worsened his problems, and that he eventually had to undergo major back surgery with a different set of doctors, who finally fixed his back.
In a prepared statement Hogan's attorneys Wil Florin and Eric Czelusta said LSI participated in "negligent conduct" which resulted in "a provable loss of past and future income of ($50 million) during the last chapter of an internationally successful athletic and entertainment career."
Florin and Czelusta added that while "numerous prominent spine surgeons" recommended traditional spinal surgery for Hogan, the Laser Spine Institute told him that would effectively end his career.
The lawsuit claims Hogan was "the victim of multiple unnecessary endoscopic surgical procedures that further destabilized his already existing injured back."
LSI released a statement that said, "To protect patient privacy as well as the legal process, we do not discuss the details of litigation matters."