Many people in New Haven face debilitating, chronic pain. After failing to receive relief from their pain through traditional medical care, some people turn to alternative therapies, such as chiropractic medicine. Like other healthcare professionals, chiropractors owe their patients a duty of care to provide quality care and adhere to recognized medical standards. Unfortunately, sometimes chiropractors deviate from those accepted standards and make mistakes that result in serious harm to their patients.
If a chiropractic mistake injured you, you might be entitled to sue your provider for the injuries they caused. A seasoned New Haven chiropractor malpractice lawyer can investigate to see if you have a viable medical malpractice claim.
Chiropractors can help people relieve pain and promote healing by manipulating or adjusting a patient’s spine. Many people in New Haven visit chiropractors to:
While many people obtain relief from their pain in their chiropractor’s office, other people end up suffering serious harm instead.
Chiropractors can make different types of mistakes that can amount to malpractice.
Skeletal manipulation is supposed to make a patient’s body feel better. However, if a chiropractor applies too much pressure or force, often due to inexperience, they can either make a patient’s existing condition worse or cause additional problems, including:
An experienced New Haven attorney could investigate to find a link between a chiropractic adjustment and a patient’s injury.
When chiropractors adjust a patient’s neck, they need to be cautious about the arteries. If they accidentally block the blood flow to the brain, a patient can suffer a stroke. A stroke can occur immediately or even weeks after the adjustment.
Chiropractors are trained healthcare practitioners and should know how to recognize emergency medical conditions. However, they might wrongly feel that they can fix the patient’s ailments with a cervical manipulation instead of recognizing the problem and sending them for help. Failure to diagnose a patient could cause their medical problem to worsen.
Like all medical providers, chiropractors should only perform necessary treatments. They should not encourage or force patients to undergo additional procedures with false promises. Unnecessary treatments could worsen a patient’s existing injury or cause them to experience additional harm.
Patients need to consent to every medical procedure they undergo. Chiropractors must tell them everything about the proposed treatment, including the possible risks. If the patient does not fully understand everything and give their informed consent, the chiropractor could be liable for malpractice.
Without legal help, it can be difficult to understand whether a chiropractor’s actions were negligent. The experienced New Haven attorneys at Berkowitz Hanna have a proven track record of assisting in claims involving various types of chiropractic errors and can help injured patients move forward.
When you visit a chiropractor, you do so in the hopes that they can alleviate the pain and suffering that you are dealing with. Many times, spinal manipulation can help. Unfortunately, when chiropractors make mistakes, their patients can suffer.
If a visit to the chiropractor ended up causing you more pain, contact our team at Berkowitz Hanna. A New Haven chiropractor malpractice lawyer is ready to work with you to build your claim for compensation.