Chiropractic Malpractice – When are chiropractors liable

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Chiropractic malpractice cases are not as uncommon as you might believe.  Just as other health care providers may be held liable for injuries patients sustain due to negligence in care, chiropractors may be held responsible as well.  Depending on the state in which a patient resides, chiropractors may perform procedures including electromyography, acupuncture, and laboratory diagnostics in addition to spinal manipulations, while some states limit procedures to spinal manipulations only.  If you believe you are a victim of chiropractic malpractice, the best thing you can do is to consult with an attorney whose practice focuses on this area of the law.

Chiropractic malpractice insurance is something that the majority of chiropractors invest in, simply to protect themselves and their reputations in the event a client files a lawsuit or claims injury related to chiropractic treatment.  In most cases, the insurance company providing coverage to the chiropractor will represent the practitioner should a patient file a claim or lawsuit.  If you are a patient, it is important for you to know that service providers who have chiropractic malpractice insurance will be defended and protected vigorously by their insurance providers, who will do everything possible to deny or limit your claim.  This is another reason to consult with an attorney, who will negotiate with the insurance company to obtain a fair settlement, or file a lawsuit if necessary.

Examples of chiropractic malpractice cases include:

Chiropractic treatment was given for a headache/neck pain, when the patient actually had a serious medical issue and suffered a brain hemorrhage during treatment.  The chiropractor did not refer the patient to a qualified doctor, and was the defendant in a malpractice claim.

A patient suffered a heart attack, however the chiropractor manipulated the patient’s back after determining the pain was the result of nerve pressure.

A patient had to be treated by a surgeon after having manipulation performed by a chiropractor who was unaware the patient had a ruptured disk.

Many people do not consider chiropractors as trained professionals, and often refer to them as “quacks” or perceive them to have no real effect on issues with the spine or neuro-muscular skeletal disorders.  The fact is, every state in the U.S. licenses chiropractors, who must have a minimum of 4,200 hours in education/training in order to be accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education.

If you have suffered an injury after being treated by a chiropractor, speak with an experienced and reputable New York personal injury attorney at once.  It is vital to work with a lawyer who will fight to obtain the full compensation you are entitled to, including medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.