Hulk Hogan files $50 million suit against Tampa spine clinic
CLEARWATER - Hulk Hogan filed a lawsuit Monday against Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute, saying the clinic performed unnecessary endoscopic surgeries that damaged his pro wrestling career. According to a news release, Hogan filed the lawsuit in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court. The suit seeks damages of $50 million. Laser Spine Institute said in a statement Monday that it is aware of the lawsuit, but to protect patient privacy, it would not discuss the details of the case.Hogan, who lives in Clearwater, filed the suit under his real name, Terry Bollea. Hogan's suit claims the surgeries were performed between February 2009 and August 2010, and that they "further destabilized" his already injured back and "severely damaged his entertainment and athletic career." According to the news release, Hogan's suit claims Laser Spine Institute was driven by "monetary rather than medical motives" when he was told by the clinic's physicians that undergoing traditional spine surgery would "effectively end his career." The suit also accuses Laser Spine Institute of using an endorsement from Hogan without permission or payment.