Braden files negligence suit against surgeon

Braden files negligence suit against surgeon

OAKLAND -- A's left-hander Dallas Braden has filed a medical negligence suit in Alameda County Superior Court against Oakland-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Peatman and the Webster Orthopedic Medical Group.

The suit, filed earlier this week, alleges that the 27-year-old Braden has permanent nerve damage in his left foot related to an August 2009 procedure conducted by Peatman, whom the pitcher accuses of severing his peroneal nerve while attempting to remove a cyst. Braden subsequently missed the remainder of the 2009 season and has since been pitching with two numb toes.

According to court documents, the suit not only maintains that Braden "experiences numbness and extreme and excessive pain while pitching," but that such symptoms cause fatigue in the later innings of his starts. The complaint also contends that the "damage, instability and sensitivity of his left foot will cause biomechanical problems with his pitching delivery system, which will likely result in further injury and shortening of his pitching career."

On Friday, an A's official confirmed that the organization has parted ways with the Webster Orthopedic Group, longtime team medical providers.

Peatman and the Webster Orthopedic Group have not responded to the suit.

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