The jury deliberated more than three hours before ruling against Dr. Stephen Lucie
employer, Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute
Novak continued to bleed after the game, and despite pleas to be taken to the hospital, Lucie
told him to board an airplane home for Jacksonville, Dekle said.
When they returned home, Lucie
performed surgery to drain Novak's knee in a team training room.
testified that his treatment of Novak was appropriate and didn't cause any permanent injury.
...Lucie was the Jaguars' team doctor from the franchise's inception in 1995 through Jan. 30, 2001, when he retired to spend more time with his family and focus on private practice. The Jaguars were not named in the suit because Lucie served as an independent contractor and had final say on all medical matters.