Atlanta Chiropractic Malpractice Lawyers
An estimated 35 million Americans visit chiropractors each year, usually for relief of back and neck pain. What could be the harm? It’s just a deep massage, isn’t it? The truth is, a trip to the chiropractor can result in serious injuries and even death. Just like medical doctors (though chiropractors are NOT medical doctors), chiropractors can be sued for medical malpractice if they provide you with treatment that is below the accepted standard of care.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to chiropractic malpractice, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your losses. To find out if you have a viable claim, contact the experienced Atlanta medical malpractice attorneys at Grant Law Office for a free case evaluation. Call (404) 995-3955 or toll-free (866) 249-5513 today.
Chiropractic malpractice can occur in numerous ways. The following are some of the more common forms of chiropractic malpractice:
- Failure to diagnose medical issues that require timely treatment.
In many cases, a chiropractor may misconstrue the causes of a patient’s symptoms. For instance, a patient goes to a chiropractor complaining of pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms; and numbness and tingling in the legs. Because of their training, the chiropractor may think the cause of those symptoms is compression of the spine, and adjust the patient’s back and neck. Later that day, the patient suffers a heart attack. In this case, the chiropractor should have recognized that the patient’s symptoms were also the symptoms of cardiac arrest. The chiropractor should have immediately sent the patient to a medical doctor to have a heart attack ruled out.
- Failure to inform patient of risks of treatment.
Like all medical treatments, chiropractic treatments have some risk of negative side effects and injury. It is a chiropractor’s duty to fully explain these risks before administering treatment. For example, a patient goes to a chiropractor because she is having neck pain. The chiropractor adjusts the patient’s neck, inducing a stroke. The patient should have been warned of the possibility of having a stroke before the adjustment was performed.
- Negligent manipulation during treatment.
If during treatment the chiropractor makes the injury worse, or causes a new injury, the chiropractor can be held liable. Injuries that are often caused by negligent chiropractic treatment include:
- Broken ribs and vertebrae
- Pinched nerves and other forms of nerve damage
- Severe back and neck pain
- Sciatic nerve damage and pain
- Herniated discs
- Chiropractic-induced stroke.
Chiropractic manipulation of the neck can sometime damage arteries that carry blood to the brain, resulting in an ischemic stroke. This can cause brain damage and even death.
It’s easy to overlook the dangers of noninvasive treatments, like those used in chiropractic treatments, but serious injuries and fatalities do occur. Like medical doctors, chiropractors carry malpractice insurance. If you or your family has suffered due to chiropractic negligence, you need a skilled Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer to stand up to the chiropractor’s insurance company and get you the compensation you deserve. Grant Law Office has a team of experienced, compassionate, diligent, and tenacious trial lawyers standing by. Call us today for a free consultation at (404) 995-3955 or toll-free (866) 249-5513.
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