All sorts of medical professionals – including doctors, surgeons, pharmacists and even nurses – can be sued when they make mistakes or errors that harm patients. While chiropractors are usually considered to be alternative medicine practitioners (like acupuncturists and herbalists), they too can be liable for the harm they cause patients when that harm stems from negligence or mistakes.
When Can Chiropractors Be Sued for Medical Malpractice?
In general, chiropractors can be held liable if or when they have:
- Administered care that has caused patients further injuries or health complications
- Claimed to be able to ‘treat’ conditions (like non-musculoskeletal ailments) that are not generally accepted as being treatable via chiropractic care
- Misdiagnosed a patient’s condition and provided the wrong treatment(s)
- Failed to inform patients about the possible risks of receiving chiropractic care (given patients’ medical histories and current condition(s))
- Claimed to have the proper credentials to perform chiropractic care when, in fact, they are not properly licensed, trained, insured, etc.
Chiropractors who claim to be able to ‘cure’ all types of ailments can be particularly susceptible to malpractice claims.
Common Signs of Chiropractor Malpractice: What You Need to Know
Regardless of whether you are visiting a chiropractor for the first time or you regularly receive chiropractic care, it’s strongly advised that you are familiar with the red flags of chiropractor malpractice. This can help you recognize when chiropractic care triggers health complications – and when it’s time to:
- See a doctor to prevent more serious injuries from developing (like chiropractic stroke)
- Consult a lawyer to find out if you’ve been the victim of chiropractic malpractice and, if so, what you can do to hold the negligent professional accountable.
Some common signs that you may have been the victim of chiropractic malpractice (and resulting injuries) can include (and are by no means limited to):
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the arms, legs, face or one side of the body
- Confusion and disorientation
- Difficulty speaking
- Blurry vision or vision impairments in one eye
- Dizziness and/or balancing issues
- Coordination problems
- Severe, sudden headaches with no discernible cause.
Contact Kingston Personal Injury Lawyer Charles N. Rock
If you or someone you love has been harmed by any type of medical mistake or negligence, it’s time to contact Kingston Personal Injury Lawyer Charles N. Rock. He is ready to review the details of your situation, determine whether you have a medical malpractice claim, and (if so) advise you of your best options for financial recovery.
To learn more about your rights and possibly recovery options, call Attorney Charles Rock today at (845) 383-1170, or send him an email via the contact form on this page. If you choose to move forward with Attorney Charles Rock, you will not have to pay any legal fees until or unless compensation is secured for your claim.
From offices based in Kingston, Attorney Charles Rock represents injured people throughout Ulster County, the state of New York, and the U.S.