Hulk Hogan is mad and he’s going after a laser spine institute that, he claims, duped him into getting procedures that he did not need, procedures that ultimately damaged his career and made him lose revenue.The wrestler and reality star is taking the Laser Spine Institute in Florida to court over claims that doctors there advised him to get unnecessary procedures that translated into a $50 million (€37.5 million) loss in profits for him, TMZ reports.
Not only was he not able to attend various lucrative events because of the surgeries he got at the clinic, but he also required more surgeries to fix the damage done there, the star says in court papers.
“Hogan filed the suit in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court, claiming he turned to the LSI in 2009 when he seeking treatment for multiple lumbar spinal abnormalities including scoliosis and multiple bulging discs,” TMZ reports.
“In his suit, Hogan claims he fell for a sales pitch which masqueraded as ‘medical advice’ and allowed the LSI to perform multiple surgeries on his back. Hogan claims the procedures actually made him feel worse in the long run – and blames the institute for not advising him that the laser treatment is only a temporary solution, not a permanent one,” the e-zine says.
He then had to undergo other surgical interventions with another set of doctors to make his back right again but, by then, he had already bled money.
To add insult to injury, Hogan claims in the filing, the LSI used his image to promote its activity without as much as asking him for permission, let alone cut him a share of the profits.
In a statement to the same media outlet, the LSI “acknowledges” the lawsuit but refuses to comment on it, because “to protect patient privacy as well as the legal process, we do not discuss the details of litigation matters.”
Hogan is seeking damages of more than $50 million (€37.5 million).