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San Diego State Football Player Awarded $300,000 in Medical Malpractice Case

A local jury has awarded a former San Diego State football player $300,000 in a medical malpractice case related to the treatment he received after collapsing in a team workout in April 2009. The jury found the doctor, Kenneth Roth, liable for Eric Ikonne’s injuries, but absolved Sharp Memorial Hospital of nay responsibility.

Ikonne’s suit had alleged that the doctor failed to test him for compartment syndrome, a serious condition that followed his collapse. Because Ikonne carries the sickle cell trait, he was at greater risk for compartment syndrome, which can lead to permanent muscle damage.

Ikonne’s suit states that because the doctor failed to detect the compartment syndrome, he wasn’t treated properly and developed “serious and permanent injury.” He hasn’t played football since the collapse and still cannot run, according to the lawsuit.

One in 12 African-Americans have sickle cell trait, which can lead to “exertional sickling.” Sickle cell complications are the leading cause of death in college football over the past ten years; at least seven college football players have died during intense training drills.

SDSU head coach Brady Hoke has stated that he wasn’t aware of Ikonne’s condition. Last year, the NCAA recommended that schools test all student-athletes for sickle cell trait status if they have not already been diagnosed with the trait. SDSU has since adopted similar measures.

If you or someone you love has suffered from a medical error, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego medical malpractice attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.