Chiropractic care is often marketed as being a small, harmless adjustment. Not a risky medical procedure, but instead a benign wellness treatment. Actually, chiropractic spinal adjustments are associated with certain risks, which the chiropractor has a duty to inform you of as part of providing your care. Shafran & Rock, PLLC is an experienced law firm in Kingston that has handled many chiropractic malpractice cases. For a free case evaluation, please call us at (845) 383-1170.
Chiropractic Treatment and the Risk of Stroke and Injury
If you receive a neck adjustment from a chiropractor, the treatment could very well place you at risk for suffering a stroke. Most researchers believe this type of stroke is caused by dissection of the vertebral artery, which supplies blood to the brainstem.
Substantial medical evidence confirms the risk of strokes from vertebral artery dissection, which can occur during neck manipulations. “Dissection” can cause a blood clot to form, blocking the blood flow to the brainstem. This harm is well known in the medical community and has been documented in the peer reviewed medical literature for nearly 70 years. Nonetheless, many chiropractors neglect or refuse to disclose this danger.
A stroke can leave you with permanent disabilities. You may be left with impaired motor functions, or problems associated with your breathing, blood pressure and consciousness.
When you suffer an injury from a chiropractic adjustment, you need an aggressive advocate. Holding chiropractors accountable for malpractice requires a deep knowledge and understanding of anatomy, medicine and the chiropractic process. Shafran & Rock, PLLC has handled many of these cases and he understands what they demand.
Our attorneys believe that when a chiropractor fails to warn his or her patients of the risks of neck manipulation and fails to perform these procedures safely, they are committing malpractice. We take on the chiropractic industry and the insurance companies that protect them. We also handle cases in which a chiropractor causes a herniated disk injury.
Holding the Chiropractic Industry accountable for Malpractice
A chiropractor may be held accountable for negligence or wrongdoing if he or she caused a stroke and:
- Failed to adequately warn you of the risk of stroke
- Failed to get your informed consent
- Forged your consent after the injury
Although most physicians and researchers believe the risk of stroke from neck cracking is low, they agree the risk does exist. Wouldn’t you want to be informed of the risk of a treatment, no matter how remote that risk is? Unfortunately, a number of chiropractors simply do not properly inform their patients of the risk of stroke, and many do not obtain informed consent. Most chiropractors suggest these procedures are safe. Too many people have found that this is not the case.
Chiropractors owe a standard of care to provide safe treatment to their patients and they must obtain the patient’s permission after explaining the risks and benefits of the adjustment they are recommending.
Most chiropractic stroke victims say the same thing: “I had no idea.” The patient’s feelings of betrayal are all the more profound when the purpose of the chiropractic treatment was only for “wellness” care.
If you or one of your loved ones suffered a stroke or other serious injury as a result of chiropractic malpractice, please contact Shafran & Rock, PLLC, for a free case evaluation and to learn about our experienced personal injury attorney in Kingston.