If you or a loved one has been injured by the carelessness of a chiropractor, our skilled Rochester medical malpractice attorneys can help you pursue a case against the at-fault party. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we have a thorough understanding of chiropractic practice. We can help you navigate the legal process and assert your rights throughout the entire course of action.
A chiropractor is a licensed health care professional who diagnoses and treats the misalignment of joints. Specifically, a chiropractor treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system, such as neck and back pain, especially through the manual adjustment or manipulation of the spinal vertebrae to remedy nervous system dysfunction. The goal of a chiropractor in most cases is essentially to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients.
While chiropractors are not doctors, they are medical professionals that could be liable for malpractice. Depending on the state, chiropractors often perform procedures such as electromyography, acupuncture, and spinal manipulations. For the majority of the time, negligent manipulation is what leads to a patient’s injury. For example, improper adjustments could lead to herniated discs, neck injuries, and nerve damage. In some cases, chiropractors can even cause a stroke. This can happen when the chiropractor manipulates the patient’s neck in a way that ruptures or blocks arteries to the brain. The vertebral artery is particularly at risk, since it wraps around the cervical vertebra entering into the head. This can cause a blood clot that cuts off the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.
If you have been injured by a chiropractor’s error, carelessness, or wrongdoing, you need to reach out to us as soon as possible so that we can investigate the incident. It is important to note that not all poor outcomes are results of medical malpractice. Instead, malpractice takes place when a medical professional causes an injury or death by failing to use the appropriate standard of care. The standard of care denotes the obligation of every medical professional to use the level of care that another medical professional in the same specialty would have used in the same or a similar situation. A qualified expert is needed in the vast majority of cases to establish that a medical professional was negligent.
‘Damages’ is the legal term for compensation awarded in malpractice claims. Once malpractice is established, you may be able to recover a variety of damages, such as medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages relevant to the case. While we will try to get you the compensation through a settlement, we are not afraid to fight for your rights at trial.
Chiropractor malpractice can lead to serious and long-term harm. If you have suffered an injury while being treated by a chiropractor, you need to speak to a reputable Rochester medical malpractice attorney without delay. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we are committed to helping New York clients resolve their malpractice claims so that they can move on with their lives. To determine whether or not you have a valid claim, do not hesitate to call us at 315-479-9000 or reach out to us online.
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