Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Delvin Breaux is suing two former New Orleans Saints doctors for alleged medical malpractice.
Times-Picayune reporters Ramon Antonio Vargas and Amie Just first reported the news.
Breaux has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a pair of since-fired team doctors who in 2017 diagnosed him with a bruised leg that was actually broken.
Breaux’s suit, filed Thursday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, accuses Dr. Deryk Jones, Dr. Misty Suri and their employer, Ochsner Health System, of misdiagnosing him and therefore failing to meet “the acceptable standard of care” in his case.
Ochsner called Breaux’s lawsuit “unfounded.” Its statement said three doctors, as required by law, reviewed Breaux’s allegations before he filed his suit. That panel concluded that “all defendants met the standard of care.”
“We stand behind [Jones and Suri] … for the care and treatment provided in this claim,” Ochsner’s statement said.
One of Breaux’s attorneys, Vincent Odom, said the medical review panel’s ruling isn’t final. “That does not prevent a patient from filing a successful lawsuit in court,” Odom said. “Our office stands by the allegations asserted in Mr. Breaux’s lawsuit.”
It was later discovered that Breaux actually had a stress fracture on his fibula – the Saints fired Jones and Suri as a result. The required surgery caused Breaux to miss the entire 2017 NFL season. Breaux became a free agent after New Orleans decided not tender an offer to the restricted free agent. He visited the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, but did not sign a contract.
The 30-year-old Breaux earned nearly $2 million while playing for his hometown Saints. However, he feels it could have been more if not for the injury assessment. Since that off-season, Breaux has played for the Ticats as the highest paid cover man in the CFL.