Paralyzed Chinese Gymnast Sues Time Warner, US Gymnastics for $1.8 Billion

Paralyzed Chinese Gymnast Sues Time Warner, US Gymnastics for $1.8 Billion


04/29/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

New York, NY — Time Warner and the US Gymnastics Federation are facing a $1.8 billion lawsuit filed by a Chinese gymnast who broke her neck during the 1998 Goodwill Games. Sang Lan broke her neck in a vaulting accident during a warm-up vault at the Nassau Coliseum in suburban New York, reported the Associated Press.

The accident left Lan, now 29, paralyzed from below the middle of her chest.

The federal lawsuit claims that Time Warner and USA Gymnastics broke promises to care for Lan after her injury, which has caused her condition to worsen. The defendant reportedly failed to make sure her medical bills were paid and other needs were met.

Lan claims that she has been unable to get the medical treatments for her spinal cord injuries and two broken and dislocated vertebrae.

In addition, the lawsuit asserts that “claims Sang has suffered under the care of two Chinese-Americans who were appointed as her legal guardians after the accident by Chinese gymnastics officials, a move made over her parents’ objections.”

The lawsuit stated that her guardians have controlled her treatments and contact with U.S. physicians.

“Ms. Lan has been struggling for the past 13 years in China, without proper medical insurance coverage, without a penny compensatory damage for her… permanent injury, without freedom or recourse to seek justice,” the lawsuit read.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for New York personal injury lawyers.

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