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Chiropractor Malpractice Lawyers

Back view of chiropractor back manipulationMany people go to chiropractors in order to find relief for their pain after an injury or their chronic pain. While many people do find the relief they are looking for from the chiropractor, there are cases where the patient ends up in worse shape than when they went to the chiropractor. If you were injured during your chiropractic treatments, you may be eligible for compensation for your damages. Read on to learn more about chiropractic malpractice and what you can do about it.

Understanding Chiropractic Malpractice

The basic concept of chiropractic malpractice is that the chiropractor had failed to follow the standards of practice while treating a patient, leading to injuries. There are a few different examples of common types of chiropractic malpractice, such as:

  • Lack of Informed Consent

It is the responsibility of the chiropractor to inform their patient of any potential risks and side effects that they could experience that is associated with their treatment plan. Should the chiropractor fail to explain these risks and the patient does get injured, the chiropractor could be liable for malpractice.

  • Manipulation of the Body in a Negligent Manner

A chiropractor is supposed to make you feel better, not cause more injury. Negligent manipulation occurs if the chiropractor performs an adjustment that either further injures the patient or causes new injuries. There are a wide variety of injuries that could occur from this, including nerve damage or even broken ribs. If a patient is pregnant, this could also lead to premature labor.

  • Chiropractor Fails to Diagnose a Medical Condition that Requires Immediate Attention

Chiropractors are medical professionals that are supposed to honor their duty of care for their patients. However, this can be breached by a chiropractor when they fail to diagnose an underlying medical condition that requires immediate attention. If they perform treatments anyways, they could seriously injure or potentially cause the death of the patient.

  • Stroke Induced by Chiropractic Care

A chiropractic-induced stroke can happen if an artery to the brain either becomes blocked or ruptured because of a neck manipulation. There are many situations where this happens to a patient but they don’t even realize that their stroke was caused by their chiropractic treatments.

These are just some of the most common examples that occur in chiropractic malpractice cases. Other types of negligence include:

  • Failure to perform a proper pre-chiropractic exam.
  • Failure to properly conduct an adequate history and physical exam.
  • Failure to order any diagnostic imaging before chiropractic manipulation.
  • Failure to refer patients to a medical doctor when necessary.
  • Failure to offer information about other treatment alternatives to allow you to make an informed decision.
  • Failure to allow patients to have discussions with other medical professionals so that they can make an informed decision.

Types of Injuries Caused by Negligent Chiropractic Care

Negligent chiropractic care can not only make any pre-existing condition that you had worse; it can also cause various other injuries such as:

  • Broken ribs
  • Herniated discs
  • Slipped discs
  • Vertigo
  • Neck pain
  • Facial paralysis
  • Spinal injuries
  • Nerve damage, including the sciatic nerve
  • Stroke
  • Torn muscles
  • If pregnant, premature labor

Compensation for Chiropractic Malpractice

If you were injured because of your chiropractic treatment, you do have the right to be compensated for any damages that you incurred. These damages include:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Current and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering caused by the injury suffered due to chiropractic malpractice
  • Punitive damages

Injuries suffered as a result of chiropractic malpractice can be emotionally and financially devastating, but your lawyer can help ensure that you get the compensation that your case deserves.

Hiring Chiropractic Malpractice Attorneys

It’s important to know that the chiropractor is only liable for any injuries that you incurred if the care you received didn’t meet the standard of care of the profession. The chiropractor doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect, but there is the expectation that they will be competent and perform the treatment properly. This means that they need to offer the best treatments based on the information that they have. For example, if you have an issue like osteoporosis and failed to inform the chiropractor of this, any injuries may not be their fault.

Generally speaking, there’s a lot of negative opinions of chiropractors that do end up working in your favor in your case against chiropractors. However, this does not mean that these types of cases are going to be easy for you to prove. You still need to prove that your injuries were caused by their negligence. The chiropractor could just claim that you are suffering from side effects of chiropractic care that you were informed of before you started your treatment.

If you were injured, hiring a lawyer that specializes in chiropractic malpractice as soon as possible can be the best thing that you do for your case. The sooner that you contact a lawyer, the sooner they can look over your case and determine whether or not you have a case against your chiropractor. This also helps you to get your case started faster and you receive your compensation sooner. You can improve your chances of having a case against your chiropractor by having evidence, such as:

  • Your medical records
  • Your chiropractor records
  • The name and contact information of medical professionals who treated you.
  • What happened, written in your words.
  • Any medical bills you have already received for treatment
  • A basic summary of your health currently, including the severity of pain and its location.

If you are unsure of how to get this information or you need more evidence, a chiropractic malpractice lawyer can help gather more evidence for you.

Contact Us Today

Our law firm understands that when you seek treatment, you want to feel better not end up with potentially devastating injuries. That’s why our team fights for our clients to get them the best possible outcomes for their cases. You are entitled to damages if the chiropractor was in any way negligent in how they treated you, leading to injury or loss of life. If you were injured due to chiropractic malpractice, contact us today to see what we can do to help you.

The Injury Firm

1608 East Commercial Blvd. 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334

Phone (954) 951-0000
Fax: (954) 951-1000


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