Political Commentator Trevor Noah Sues New York Hospital, Surgeon Over Alleged ‘Grievous Injuries’

Political commentator Trevor Noah has sued a New York-based hospital and orthopedic surgeon, claiming that an operation last year left him with “permanent, severe, and grievous injuries.”

Noah, the 37-year-old host of the American satirical news program “The Daily Show,” filed the lawsuit on Nov. 22 in the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan against Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and Dr. Riley Williams III.

In the complaint obtained by news outlets, Noah alleged the defendants of acting in a “negligent and careless manner, and constituted professional negligence” when he became Williams’ patient from Aug. 25, 2020 to Dec. 17, 2020, and underwent surgery by Williams on Nov. 23, 2020.

The court documents also stated that Noah “sustained severe and painful personal injuries; sustained severe nervous shock, mental anguish, severe emotional distress and great physical pain” and “has suffered loss of enjoyment of life” due to the treatment.

“Since some of his injuries are of a permanent nature, he will continue to suffer similar damages in the future,” the court documents further alleged.

The complaint did not specify the nature of the medical treatment or operation Noah underwent.

According to Williams’ page on the HSS website, he specializes in knee, shoulder, and elbow surgery.

The court documents also did not indicate the specific amount in damages that Noah is seeking.

In a statement, HSS said that Noah’s claims were “meritless.”

“HSS is committed to excellence in the care we provide to each of the more than 150,000 patients we treat each year. This commitment has made HSS the world’s leading academic medical center specialized in musculoskeletal health, consistently ranked #1 in orthopedics globally and nationally,” the hospital said.

HSS is known for treating high-profile athletes, especially on New York City sports teams.


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