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Can I Seek Damages if I Was Injured During a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Posted on in Medical Malpractice

Bloomington medical malpractice attorney

Few industries have been the subject of as much scrutiny and controversy as chiropractic medicine. This area of medicine is mostly concerned with musculoskeletal disorders – most commonly, issues with the neck and spine. A person who suffers from muscle or joint pain, weakness, or reduced mobility may visit a chiropractor in hopes of relieving their debilitating symptoms. Unfortunately, some patients leave the chiropractor’s office in worse condition than when they arrived. If you or a loved one were harmed during a chiropractic procedure, you may have a valid legal claim against the chiropractor or the medical facility.  

Injuries That May Result from Improper Chiropractic Manipulation

Chiropractic care differs significantly from other types of medical treatment in that chiropractic treatment does not typically involve medications or drugs. Most chiropractors use hands-on chiropractic manipulation or adjustments to treat their patients. This typically involves physically moving a patient’s body or using tools to manipulate the bones of the neck, spine, and back. While many people find relief from chiropractic adjustments, there are also documented cases of chiropractic adjustments resulting in injury or even death. In fact, one study found that 30-61 percent of chiropractic patients suffer adverse effects. Injuries often associated with chiropractic treatment include:

  • Pinched nerves

  • Broken ribs

  • Herniated discs

  • Spinal stenosis

  • Muscle weakness

  • Numbness/tingling of limbs

  • Vertigo

  • Facial paralysis

  • Bladder and bowel paralysis

  • Stroke

What Actions May Constitute Malpractice?

Most medical malpractice claims are founded upon the same basic principles: A medical professional deviates from the accepted medical practice and causes a patient’s injury or death. A chiropractor or chiropractic facility may be liable for a patient’s injury or death if the chiropractor acted in ways that do not meet the medical standard of care. Some of the most common issues that lead to chiropractor malpractice claims include:

  • Failure to diagnose a medical condition or misdiagnosing the patient’s condition

  • Failure to make a medical referral when a patient’s condition requires additional treatment above and beyond chiropractic care

  • Failure to warn a patient of the risks of chiropractic procedures (lack of informed consent)

  • Improper manipulation of the patient’s body that causes injury or exacerbates an existing medical problem

Contact a Springfield Chiropractic Malpractice Lawyer

Chiropractic mistakes can lead to severe injuries and even death. If you or a loved one have suffered a stroke or other medical complications after visiting a chiropractor, contact an experienced Decatur medical malpractice attorney from Kanoski Bresney. Our team can investigate your case and determine if the chiropractor’s actions may have been negligent. If you or your loved one were the victims of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. Call us today at 888-826-8682 to schedule a free consultation.




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