Chiropractic care and treatment has gained much popularity over the years. While the benefits of going to a chiropractor may be subject to some controversy, there is no doubt that there are risks involved. Chiropractic malpractice happens when a patient is injured because a chiropractor failed to adhere to the accepted standard of care within the chiropractic profession.
Below are some examples of the common types of chiropractor malpractice.
Failure to Diagnose a Medical Issue That Requires Immediate Attention
Just like other medical professionals, chiropractors have a duty to put their patient’s health first. This duty includes the responsibility to recognize if the symptoms presented by their patient could be caused by an underlying medical condition. In such a case, the chiropractor has a duty to refer the patient for immediate medical care. If the chiropractor fails to diagnose the medical condition or is negligent in referring the patient to a medical doctor, he may be held liable for any resulting injury.
Failure to Explain the Risks of Treatment
Similar to other medical treatments, chiropractors must explain all associated risks of any chiropractic adjustments or other care prior to administrating the treatment. If a chiropractor fails to properly inform his patient of the risks and the patient suffers an injury as a result of the treatment, the chiropractor may be liable for malpractice.
A chiropractor may also be liable for malpractice if he creates new injuries or worsens existing injuries as a result of negligent manipulation of the body. Common injuries associated with chiropractic adjustments include:
- Herniated discs
- Broken ribs
- Fractured vertebrae
- Nerve damage
- Pinched nerves
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
One of the most common risks of chiropractic manipulation of the neck is damage to the arteries that carries blood to the brain. This can cause a stroke. The most common symptoms of chiropractic induced stroke include:
- Loss of balance
- Nystagmus (a vision condition in which the eyes make repetitive, uncontrolled movements)
- Weakness in both legs
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