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Can You Sue a Chiropractor for Medical Malpractice?
HomeArticlesCan You Sue a Chiropractor for Medical Malpractice?
October 4, 2019
The Weitz Firm, LLC
Millions of people rely on chiropractors to help alleviate pain and discomfort. However, there are times when people are injured due to the result of mistakes made by a chiropractor. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, we are ready to help if your chiropractor’s care has not met acceptable levels and caused you harm. Let our knowledgeable and experienced team get to work investigating what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve. When you need a Philadelphia Chiropractic malpractice attorney, call us today.
Can chiropractors be held responsible for their actions?
Yes, chiropractors can be held accountable if their careless or negligent actions cause patients harm. Around 10% of the US population sees a chiropractor each year to alleviate neck and back pain. Just like any other healthcare professional, chiropractors can make mistakes, and you can pursue damages through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
What can happen?
There are various ways in which a person can be injured due to a chiropractor’s mistake.
Failure to properly review patient medical history. Chiropractors may not be medical doctors, but they must still thoroughly review their patient’s history before performing any procedures that could cause them serious harm.
Failure to diagnose a medical condition. There are times when chiropractors decide to “trust their instinct” when it comes to working on a problem without failing to properly diagnose the patient with tests and scans.
Providing treatment that is below the standard of care. When a chiropractor provides sun-standard care for patients, they can suffer from sciatic nerve damage, pinched nerves, herniated discs, fractured spines, broken ribs, broken vertebrae, and more.
Failure to warn of risks. Just like any medical procedure, chiropractic care comes with risks that must be disclosed to the patient. If a chiropractor fails to inform the patient any risks they can reasonably expect, they could be committing malpractice.
Chiropractic-induced stroke. One serious complication of negligent manipulation of the spine is an ischemic stroke that can occur when the chiropractor damages a patient’s arteries that take oxygenated blood to the brain.
If a chiropractor has a duty to provide you with a standard of care, is negligent in their actions, and you are harmed, they can be held liable for their actions.
Let our team get to work on your behalf
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a chiropractor, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Weitz Firm, we know that these medical providers are required to uphold a certain standard of care. When they fail to do so, we will work to secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
Compensation for all medical expenses related to the error(s)
Coverage of lost income and benefits if you cannot work
Loss of enjoyment of life damages
Pain and suffering damages
Possible punitive damages against the chiropractor