Former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle won a $650,000 North Carolina medical malpractice verdict on September 5, 2014 against an orthopedic surgery practice. The case was originally filed in 2011 and was scheduled for trial in April 2013 but the case had to be postponed when the defendant orthopedic surgeon suddenly died just hours before the trial was to begin.
Samari Rolle underwent spinal surgery for fusion at C3 – C4 in September 2008, which was successful. However, the medical malpractice lawsuit alleged, the defendant orthopedic surgeon released Mr. Rolle too early to resume playing for the Baltimore Ravens. As a result of resuming his football career prematurely, his fusion failed, according to the medical malpractice claim, requiring a second fusion performed by another surgeon, which was successful. However, he developed nerve problems in both his arm and hand due to the alleged medical negligence, which led to his early retirement from football.
Mr. Rolle’s medical malpractice attorney requested that the jury award Mr. Rolle the amount of his salary that he would have earned playing in the NFL had the failure to provide proper follow-up care not occurred. The North Carolina medical malpractice jury returned what is considered to be a compromised verdict: $650,000, which would have been Mr. Rolle’s net income had he played in the NFL for one more year.
The now 38-year-old Samari Rolle was born in Miami, Florida and attended Florida State University. He played the cornerback position for eleven years in the NFL: seven years with the Tennessee Titans (1998 – 2004) and four years with the Baltimore Ravens (2005 – 2008). He is credited with 298 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 31 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles. He was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft in 1998. He was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2000.
Mr. Rolle disclosed on November 21, 2007 that he had epilepsy that he attributes to the many serious hits he gave and received during his football career. He announced his retirement from the NFL on May 7, 2010, citing his neck injuries as the primary reason for his retirement. Mr. Rolle is currently working as an assistant football coach at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, Florida.
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