Chiropractic Malpractice Attorney
Chiropractors benefit many patients by relieving them of aches and pains, but if they are negligent in manipulating certain areas, it can lead to chiropractic malpractice, causing serious injury, paralysis and even death.
Chiropractors benefit many patients by relieving them of aches and pains, but if they are negligent in manipulating certain areas, it can lead to
It has been estimated that every year about 22 million Americans visit chiropractors. Most commonly, patients are seeking relief from back pain, headaches, or other pain in the neck, arms, and legs. Chiropractors are not medical doctors, but typically have an undergraduate degree plus four years of training at a chiropractic college.
Every patient seeking help from medical professionals, including chiropractors, deserves care that meets the accepted standard for that medical profession. If this did not happen and you or a loved one has suffered harm or someone has died due to negligence of a chiropractor, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses, including:
- Medical and rehabilitative expenses and future medical costs
- Lost wages and future earning capacity
- Mental anguish, pain and suffering
- Loss of life’s pleasures.
The seasoned medical malpractice attorneys at Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann knows the courts and the system and what you need to do to increase your chances of winning a good settlement. We offer a free consultation to carefully examine the individual facts of your case and determine the best way to handle it. Put our experience to work for you today by calling 800-326-9259, or by using our online contact form.
What is Chiropractic Medicine?
Chiropractic doctors specialize in joint manipulation and realignment, most often to relieve pain. These are considered to be alternative medicine treatments that do not involve surgery or medications. Instead, they focus on aligning the body’s musculoskeletal structure and spine.
The theory behind chiropractic medicine is that proper alignment of the spine and musculoskeletal structure will help the body heal itself. In addition, the manipulation of joints is used to restore mobility to and relieve pain in tissue damaged by trauma from an accident, sports injury, or repetitive stress. Chiropractic is often used for pain relief for muscles, joints, bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.
Benefits and Risks
Chiropractic care is usually considered to be a safe and effective treatment for pain, especially acute low back pain. However, there are risks involved with chiropractic procedures that crack necks and manipulate the spine. Since major nerves pass through the spinal column, injury to the spine can involve many of the basic human functions. If a procedure is done incorrectly or the individual is particularly sensitive to manipulation, injuries may result, including broken bones, herniated discs, and damage leading to severe pain, paralysis, strokes and even death.
What is Chiropractic Malpractice?
When a patient is injured as a result of a chiropractor’s failure to follow the accepted standard of care within the chiropractic profession, the chiropractor may be guilty of medical malpractice and liable for that patient’s serious injury or death.
Examples of chiropractic medical malpractice include the following:
- Improper or negligent manipulation of the body – This occurs when the chiropractic adjustments cause new injuries or make an existing injury worse.
- Failure to diagnose a medical condition — A chiropractor’s duty of care can be breached if a chiropractor fails to properly diagnose a patient’s underlying medical condition, fails to treat that medical issue, or causes harm due to that issue. For example, if a patient has undiagnosed blocked arteries, manipulation may result in a stroke, which could have been prevented if properly diagnosed.
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist – If a chiropractor finds a serious medical condition that is beyond the scope of chiropractic treatment, there is a duty to refer the patient to a proper specialist to deal with the condition.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by negligent chiropractic malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries suffered as a result of the negligent care.
Put Your Trust in Us — Experienced Chiropractic Malpractice Lawyers
Medical malpractice law is highly regulated by a complex body of rules. For a successful claim, the burden of proof is on the injured patient, so it is essential to have a skilled chiropractic medical malpractice lawyer on your side.
The experienced and compassionate Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney Cliff Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann has spent decades honing his skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss due to medical negligence. We are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome and getting you the compensation you deserve. With our competent staff, we offer strength in numbers while providing top-notch personal service.
Cliff Rieders is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. Rieders has won numerous awards and recognition from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he received the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority recognition award. Cliff Rieders was a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and served on same for 15 years. Rieders was a Law Clerk in the federal court system for one of the most well-known and longest serving federal judges in the country, the Honorable Malcolm Muir.
Cliff has received the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, as well as the Milton D. Rosenberg Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. Rieders is on committees and organizations that write the law in many fields of practice.
Cliff Rieders was involved in the writing of the Mcare Act, which governs medical liability actions in Pennsylvania. Cliff Rieders wrote the book on medical malpractice that lawyers use in the state. Cliff teaches the subject of medical malpractice at seminars attended by the leading lawyers in the state. Cliff Rieders is recognized an outstanding authority in the medical malpractice field. Cliff has even testified before the legislature on medical malpractice laws. Rieders is a Nationally Board certified specialist for Civil Trial and Civil Practice and Procedure, a cum laude graduate of New York University as well as Georgetown University Law Center. Rieders is admitted in Pennsylvania, New York State, District of Columbia and numerous federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States. Rieders is a life member of the American Law Institute which publishes recommended legal principles utilized throughout the United States. Cliff Rieders is the lawyer that other lawyers call for counsel and advice in the medical and hospital malpractice and pharmaceutical/vitamin supplement fields. Cliff Rieders does substantial work in multi-district litigation in connection with pharmaceutical products and medical devices.
Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania, offering a free consultation on all personal injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.
We offer a free consultation to carefully examine the individual facts in your chiropractic malpractice case and determine the best way to handle it. Put our experience to work for you today by calling 800-326-9259 or by using our online contact form.