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Panthers | Police and courts: P. Jeffers

Charles Chandler, of the Charlotte Observer, reports former Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers has voluntarily dismissed his medical malpractice claims against a former team physician, but his attorney said he plans to re-file the lawsuit within a year. The dismissal was filed "for technical, legal and procedural reasons." Jeffers filed a dismissal without prejudice, which gives him a year to re-file under court rules. The portion of the original lawsuit filed against the Panthers was not dismissed. That part will be heard by an NFL arbitrator, but has been put on hold by Jeffers. Jeffers claimed in the original lawsuit that his career was "destroyed" by an August 2000 knee surgery in which Dr. Donald D'Alessandro went beyond the bounds of the informed consent given. D'Alessandro and the Miller Clinic, which has since merged and been re-named OrthoCarolina, filed court papers denying Jeffers' claims.

2006-04-26 06:02:14 | Source:

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