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$7.5 Million Awarded in Medical Malpractice Against Chargers Doctor

A medical malpractice lawsuit has resulted in a $7.5 million jury award against the head physician for the San Diego Chargers and the maker of a cold therapy device. David Chao was ordered to pay $500,000, while Breg Inc. will pay $7 million.

According to court documents, Whitney Engler suffered injuries after using Polar Care 500, which she applied to her knee after surgery to aid her recovery. Although she used the device as directed, she suffered from frostbite, which led to permanent injuries, including disfigurement. Her lawsuit included claims for negligence, medical malpractice, and product liability.

The same jury previously found that Chao and his company, Oasis Sports Medical Group, were negligent in their treatment of Engler. It also found that Dr. Chao failed to disclose his financial relationship with the manufacturer, Breg. It awarded Engler $5.2 million in compensatory damages for economic losses as well as her pain and suffering.

In addition to the medical malpractice lawsuit, the California Medical Board is seeking to revoke or suspend Chao’s medical license. The board contends that Chao was negligent in his care of several patients, including failing to advise a patient of the full risks of the procedure and not being available or properly managing postoperative complications.

Source: UT San Diego