Chiropractor Malpractice Lawsuits
Chiropractors are subject to a recognized standard of care just like any healthcare professional. Further, even though many people benefit from chiropractor treatment it is important to keep in mind that chiropractors do not have the proper training and skills to treat certain illnesses or aliments the way that primary health care professionals do. If chiropractors fail to follow standards and regulations when seeing their patients and people suffer severe and even life-threatening injuries such as strokes as a result, then you and a Tennessee Chiropractor Malpractice and personal injury lawyer can hold them accountable for their negligence and malpractice. A lawyer will help answer any questions or concerns you may have and will fight for you to get you the compensation you are entitled to for what you have been through.
Even though chiropractors do not have the same training and skills as primary care doctors do, they are still required by law to follow certain standards and guidelines when dealing with patients. The main reasons chiropractic malpractice and negligence occurs is because of factors such as but not limited to:
- INJURIES THAT LEAD TO STROKE - If a cervical adjustment or ailment is unnecessary or not performed correctly, this may cause tearing of the vertebral or carotid arteries that connect with the brain. This injury can cause slow bleeding to start and a blood clot may form, if the blood clot breaks away, it may restrict blood flow to the brain causing a stroke. These types of strokes can cause lifetime disabilities and injuries. This kind of stroke can take up to three days to develop.
- FAILING TO PROPERLY DIAGNOSE PROBLEM - patients put themselves in what they believe to be the capable and professional hands of a chiropractor. However, sometimes chiropractor may perform treatment that helps the patient to feel better at the time but may lead to serious health conditions being improperly diagnosed. It is a requirement that a chiropractor have a full medical history of the patient and that they run all necessary tests before providing treatment.
- FAILING TO PROVIDE A REFERRAL WHEN NECESSARY - Some patients may have medical conditions or problems that the chiropractor is not properly trained to treat, if this is the case, the chiropractor is required to refer the patient to someone that can provide proper treatment
- HERNIATED DISK PROBLEMS - When chiropractors perform certain treatments dealing with the spine, this can lead to problems such as herniated disks and nerve damage. These problems can cause huge amounts of pain and problems. The chiropractor could cause additional pain and injury to a patient and prolong their recovery time. Some of these injuries may be permanent.
If you or someone you love has been injured after seeing a chiropractor, it is important that you contact one of our experienced Tennessee chiropractor malpractice and personal injury attorneys at the Higgins Firm. We will review your case and help determine if malpractice or negligence may have been the cause of your injuries. If negligence is found, we will work to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
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