What is Chiropractic Medical Malpractice?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 by | Posted In: Medical Malpractice

Lower Back PainWhen the body is injured, it sometimes needs help in the healing process. Chiropractors can help the body recover, but can sometimes cause or exacerbate injuries. Chiropractors are expected to meet the standard of care when adjusting patients.

When seeing a chiropractor it is important to understand that serious injury can result in a number of ways during your adjustment.  The following are some of the more common ways an injury can occur at the chiropractor’s office.

Negligent manipulation of the body

This happens when the chiropractor’s adjustments create new injuries or worsen old injuries including herniated discs, neck damage, nerve damage, broken ribs, neurological damage, and lumbar pain.

Chiropractic-Induced Stroke

This occurs when an artery to the brain is ruptured or blocked due to a chiropractic adjustment. Patients often do not associate the two because stroke can happen some time after an adjustment.

Failure to Diagnose Medical Conditions

Doctors of Chiropractic, like medical doctors, are required to care for their patients. Failing to refer a patient for a medical condition that requires attention, like blocked arteries or suspected cancer, can make the chiropractor liable for the patient’s injuries.

If you are being treated by a chiropractor and you suspect medical malpractice, contact the experienced and knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys at McEnery Price Messey & Sullivan.  

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