Chris Maragos, who played safety for three NFL teams, had his career cut short by injury. He recently received millions in damages in a lawsuit for alleged negligence related to his knee injury.
Specifically, $43.5 million.
Via CBS Philadelphia, a local jury returned its verdict against Dr. James Bradley and Rothman Orthopedics. The case arose from treatment for a knee injury Maragos suffered in October 2017.
Maragos said doctors failed to adequately treat a meniscus tear in his knee. The injury was diagnosed and treated as a torn PCL.
Bradley is the team surgeon for the Steelers. Rothman provides medical services to Eagles players.
Undrafted in 2010, Maragos has spent one season with the 49ers, three with the Seahawks, and five with the Eagles.
Witnesses in the trial included former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, former Eagles tight end Trey Burton, and former Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks.
“Sunday, my team played in the Super Bowl, and I could only watch and wonder if I could have been out there with them if I had received proper medical care,” Maragos said in a statement. “While I live in constant pain and will never return to the field, I hope this decision sends a message to the teams’ medical staff that players are people, not just contracts.”
The verdict will no doubt be appealed and could be reduced if not overturned. However, as legal cases progress, it is always better to have a multi-million dollar verdict on appeal than not to have one.
Former Eagles safety Chris Maragos wins $43.5 million medical malpractice verdict originally featured on Pro Football Talk