Bret Hart Files $1 Million Lawsuit Over Botched Surgery

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

Former professional wrestler Bret Hart is shown at a news conference in Calgary, Alta., Monday, March 7, 2016.

Bret Hart has won numerous bouts over his professional wrestling career but now he's entering the legal ring in a lawsuit against a Calgary plastic surgeon.

"He is unable to use his right hand to pick up and functionally use objects, including pens, pencils, eating utensils and tools", the claim says.

“He is unable to properly dress himself without assistance.”.

A statement of defence disputing the unproven allegations has not been filed.

The statement of claim says Hart injured his wrist during a match in 1981 when he chipped his scaphoid. The injury gradually worsened and Hart visited Yeung in September 2015.

"Dr. Yeung advised Mr. Hart that he could perform surgery to fix his right wrist by a partial fusion of the wrist bones", the statement says.

“Dr. Yeung advised Mr. Hart that he could perform surgery to fix his right wrist by a partial fusion of the wrist bones, ” the lawsuit says.

Six weeks after his surgery on November 23, 2015, Hart visited Yeung to have three pins removed and this is when he first indicated that he lacked function in his right thumb and index finger.

"Mr. Hart's complaints were ignored", reads the document.

But during visits in March, April and August of 2016, Hart continued to report severe pain and lack of mobility, the claim says.

"The defendants were negligent, breached the duties of care they owed to Mr. Hart and breached their agreement with (him)", the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit is for $1 million "for general damages, plus unspecified amounts for lost income and other losses" against Dr. Justin Yeung.

Bret Hart made his in-ring debut in 1978 and took part in almost 3,000 matches before his retirement. Hart was the favorite wrestler of a lot of fans growing up watching WWE in the late-1980s and through the 1990s.

He has had serious health issues before, including a significant stroke in 2002 that left him partially paralyzed.