Denver Chiropractic Malpractice Attorneys
Chiropractic care offers an alternative to pain medication and surgery. Although chiropractors are not medical doctors, chiropractic malpractice is essentially a form of medical malpractice—and can be lethal.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injury due to a chiropractor, the top medical malpractice attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., can review your care for errors. There may be compensation available for you; please contact us at (303) 759-9945 for a free consultation about your situation.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional causes injury to a patient, either through a negligent act or through omission of a necessary act. Negligence occurs when a healthcare professional does not use reasonable care. These can be errors in diagnosis, treatment, or aftercare.
Chiropractic malpractice usually occurs either when a chiropractor fails to diagnose a condition that needs timely medical attention or when a chiropractor damages body parts during manipulation rather than healing them.
One dangerous effect of chiropractic malpractice is the risk for stroke after chiropractic manipulation of the neck. The aggressive movement of the neck during manipulation, including thrusts and rotations, can cause a tear in the artery wall, according to the American Heart Association. When the artery wall is torn, a blood clot can form at the site and later break free to block a blood vessel in the brain. This ultimately results in stroke and sometimes death.
Actively practicing chiropractors in Colorado are required by law to maintain malpractice insurance, unless they work for the United States Government, the U.S. Olympic Training Center, or are not receiving compensation for the service they provide. The required medical malpractice limit per case is $300,000 (Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards). A licensed chiropractor should have insurance to cover your damages in the event that he is negligent and causes you harm.
To win a claim against a chiropractor, your lawyer must perform thorough research to establish the facts of the case and to demonstrate how the chiropractor’s negligence caused your injury. This includes interviewing you about your care and injuries, as well as pulling all medical records pertaining to your chiropractic care and your resulting injury. A good attorney will also hire an expert medical witness, usually another chiropractor, to attest to the malpractice.
It is always difficult when you ask a jury to consider complicated medical evidence, and weigh the claims of a licensed professional against the claims of a patient. But our trial attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., come relentlessly prepared, and are well-versed in the medical research it takes to prove that a chiropractor has acted negligently. We also know how to tell the jury a story they can understand and relate to, which helps our clients win the damages they deserve.
After you’ve been the victim of negligent chiropractic care, you should be allowed to focus on healing without worrying about the cost of additional medical bills and lost time at work. Our law firm knows medical malpractice better than most, and we have handled major cases across the United States—let us work with the clinic and insurance companies while you focus on getting better.
There is no charge for an initial consultation with Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. To speak with an experienced chiropractic malpractice attorney about your potential case, please call (303) 759-9945.
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