Are Chiropractors Subject to Medical Malpractice?

Medical Malpractice

Chiropractors only gained favor in the medical establishment at the turn of the last century, and they are now seen as bona fide medical professionals sans the extensive medical training, qualified to treat a number of spinal, ligament, joint and tendon conditions. Chiropractors must abide by certain standards set by their peers and board that regulates them.

What Do Chiropractors Treat?

Chiropractic adjustments work wonders for certain conditions that have to do with injuries to sensitive areas such as the spine, neck, arms and legs. Chiropractors essentially manipulate soft tissue and bones in order to realign or get rid of kinks that may be stopping an individual from achieving full range of motion or heal adequately for an injury they may have suffered.

Chiropractic Injuries

That being said, chiropractors must be careful and skilled at what they do on account of the many things that could go wrong in during a chiropractic adjustment in Indiana. If they aren’t careful, they could injure and tear some of the carotid arteries and important blood vessels found around the spine and neck, leading to the formation of blood clots which can result in a patient suffering a stroke a few days after the adjustment.

Chiropractic adjustments, if not performed well, can also lead to miscarriages or premature birth due to overstimulation of pivotal nerves connected to the cervix and womb, leading to premature contractions that cannot be stopped.

Chiropractors are also required to take stock of their patient’s medical history before getting started on adjustments. Armed with this information, they will be able to determine whether it is prudent for the patient to go through with the manipulation or not. A chiropractor who doesn’t take into account a patient’s medical history, or performs an adjustment even when the patient has an underlying condition may be liable for an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit.

Can You Sue a Chiropractor?

Suing a chiropractor isn’t easy due to a number of factors. First, they must be appropriately licensed in that state to carry out adjustments. In addition, you must show that the actions or lack thereof of the chiropractor led to your suffering injuries. Lastly, you will have to go up against a complicated administrative quagmire just to be able to serve the chiropractors with a subpoena. Please get in touch with us and we’ll help make all these processes easy for you. Call us today for timely legal help on (773) 673-9861 for your free and confidential consultation. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.