A chiropractor is a doctor that specializes in the neuromusculoskeletal system without the use of medicines or surgery, with special attention on the spine. Chiropractors diagnose, treat, and manage patients with mostly neck and spine related problems as well as patients with headaches, joint pain, whiplash and sports injuries. Chiropractors employ the use of cervical manipulation or neck adjustment techniques when treating patients. When a chiropractor's level of care, skill or treatment falls below the standard of care and inflicts injury or death to a patient, chiropractic malpractice may have occurred. Unfortunately, even the best chiropractors can commit errors and mistakes that may result in serious injuries or wrongful death.
Chiropractic malpractice may include:
- Failure to Diagnose;
- Failure to Treat;
- Failure to Refer to Medical Doctors or Specialists;
- Failure to Properly Document Chart;
- Failure to Obtain Informed Consent;
- Improper Performance;
- Poor Follow-Up with Patients;
- Poor Patient Education;
- Standard of Care Violations.
Malpractice is also caused when chiropractors adjust the neck or spine and in the process aggravate an existing injury such as a herniated disk or create a new injury, such as a stroke. A stroke may be caused when a chiropractor adjusts the upper spinal vertebrae and causes a dissection in the carotid artery. This leads to bleeding and lack of blood to the brain which causes a stroke. The stroke can occur immediately or days to weeks after the neck adjustment.
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