Millions of people see a chiropractor every year for help treating chronic back conditions. Like all health care providers, chiropractors are obligated to adhere to the accepted standards of care within the medical community. The failure to do so can result in liability for any injuries that are sustained as a result.
Discovering Chiropractic Malpractice
It can sometimes be difficult to determine if you were the victim of chiropractic malpractice. Some common examples of chiropractic malpractice include:
- Adjustments to the patient’s body cause new injuries or exacerbate an existing injury. Negligent chiropractic adjustments can cause a number of severe medical problems, such as herniated discs, broken ribs, neck damage, nerve damage, sciatic nerve pain, lumber pain, neurological damage, and premature labor in pregnant women.
- Chiropractic-induced stroke. If the chiropractor is negligent in manipulating a patient’s neck, the artery to the brain can rupture or become blocked and result in a stroke. In some cases, the stroke may not happen until several days or weeks after the chiropractic manipulation.
- Failure to diagnose an emergency medical condition. As medical professionals, chiropractors have a duty to properly diagnose an underlying medical condition. Unfortunately missed diagnosis is all too common. In fact, new data indicates that most medical malpractice claims against primary care physicians are a result of missed diagnoses and medication errors. When a chiropractor fails to identify and diagnose an underlying medical condition, he or she can be liable for any resulting medical conditions or injuries.
- Performing unnecessary medical procedures or not obtaining informed consent. The patient must provide informed consent for all medical services, which means that the patient must be informed of and understand the risks associated with a particular treatment. If the patient does not provide consent, or the chiropractor does not adequately explain the procedure, chiropractor may be liable for malpractice.
Money Damages for Chiropractic Malpractice
If you have been the victim of chiropractic malpractice you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Household services
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Emotional distress
At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago accident and injury attorneys focus on representing the victims of medical malpractice and other types of personal injury claims. Accordingly, we understand the legal issues involved with a medical malpractice claim and are familiar with the medical issues affecting the case.
If you think that you may have been the victim of chiropractic malpractice, do not hesitate to contact the experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Ankin Law Office at (312) 600-0000 for a free consultation.