San Diego Chargers Doctor Hit With $2.2M Negligence Penalty

A former patient of San Diego Chargers team doctor David Chao was awarded $2.2 million Thursday after an arbitration panel found the orthopedic surgeon negligent, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The 46-year-old was deemed to be negligent when he performed hip surgery on patient Kathleen Adams in May 2007.

Adams sued Chao in November 2008 saying he lacerated her femoral artery, vein and nerve, resulting in chronic pain and a limp.

Attorney Cynthia Chihak said $250,000 of Adams’ award was for pain and suffering and the rest was for future life care and loss of income.

The case is the latest in a string of legal troubles for Chao.

He has reportedly been sued 20 times since 1998 by patients alleging malpractice, personal injury, negligence or fraud, with at least eight of these being settled with payouts to plaintiffs.

Chao has operated on many professional athletes, including disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis, and has also served as doctor for the USA rugby team and Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment.

He has denied the accusations against him in court records and his settlements are not considered admissions of liability.

His attorney said the award to Adams was not yet final.

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