Abdusalamov Gets $22 Million in Settlement

Following a 2014 lawsuit filed against the New York State Athletic Commission for “recklessness, gross negligence, and medical malpractice,” Russian boxer Magomed Abdusalamov and his family have been awarded $22 million after he suffered brain damage in a fight four years ago.

Abdusalamov competed against Mike Perez back in November 2013— a bout that left him with a blood clot that was improperly treated and not diagnosed right away. Abdusalamov was hospitalized for 10 months, undergoing emergency surgery, suffering multiple strokes and at one point was in a coma for weeks.

Abdusalamov is still paralyzed on his right side, unable to walk and mostly unable to speak.

The $22 million settlement is believed to be the largest personal injury settlement the state ever has made.

“[This settlement is] the state taking responsibility for its actions and paying an appropriate amount for the damages caused — it was handled by the attorney general’s office and Assistant AG Ross Herman in an extraordinarily professional and empathetic way,” Paul Edelstein, the Abdusalamov family’s attorney, told ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

Abdusalamov’s legal team is not finished, however, as they appear to be looking into claims against the three ringside officials for the bout and the referee.

“The three ringside physicians had primary responsibility and we’re not going to stop until they acknowledge it,” Edelstein said. “Their malpractice insurance carriers’ lawyers apparently don’t see the case the way the inspector general and attorney general do.

“I’m obviously very pleased about the settlement with the state that provides for Mago and his family, but having these doctors testify in open court may be the best way to show how grievous this was and how screwed up the system of caring for athletes is in an admittedly dangerous sport.”

Original story: ESPN

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