Wyoming Chiropractic Malpractice Lawyers
Chiropractors practice a form of alternative treatment that often doesn’t meet the standards of modern medicine. They’re supposed to treat ailments of the spine and musculoskeletal system, but chiropractors frequently attempt to treat conditions far beyond their level of knowledge and training.
There’s a serious lack of scientific evidence to support the basic principles of chiropractic treatment. And many common chiropractic practices may have a detrimental effect on patients, causing serious medical complications such as strokes, broken bones, and even death.
If you were harmed by a careless chiropractor, a Wyoming medical malpractice attorney can file a claim to help you get the money you need to cover your medical costs and other expenses resulting from your injuries.
The award-winning trial lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have won millions of dollars in settlements for patients who were harmed by medical malpractice. We represent plaintiffs in Wyoming courts.
Call (877) 433-3906 to learn more today.
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by negligent treatment that falls outside accepted medical practices. This may include actions that directly harm the patient or an act of omission that prevents a patient from getting the care they need.
There are two major ways that chiropractors can harm their patients: By providing treatment that causes physical injuries, or by failing to refer patients to the appropriate medical specialists.
The basic form of chiropractic treatment is known as an adjustment, which is an intense physical manipulation of the patient’s spine. The purpose of an adjustment is to relieve pain. Chiropractors believe that a patient’s nerves can be shut down by partial dislocation of the spine.
The alleged dislocations treated by chiropractors are called subluxations. But this diagnosis is not shared by the medical community. In fact, subluxations are not visible on X-rays and there’s no credible evidence that they really exist.
An adjustment is a very strenuous process. When the chiropractor administers it with too much force, it can seriously harm the patient. We’ve represented patients with the following types of injuries caused by overzealous chiropractors.
- Nerve damage
- Torn ligaments
- Bone fractures
- Herniated or ruptured disks
- Spinal cord injuries
- Birth injuries
- Loss of mobility
- Muscle damage
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Broken ribs
One of the most frequent types of malpractice suits against chiropractors results from a controversial treatment called cervical manipulative therapy (CMT). Research indicates that CMT may trigger a vertebral artery dissection (VAD), which can cause blood clots and may trigger a stroke.
A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply is cut off to part of the brain. It may result in paralyses, difficulty walking or speaking, confusion, and loss of balance. According to a study authored by researchers from major medical schools, “chiropractic manipulation of the neck can cause vertebral artery dissection.”
Another common cause of chiropractic malpractice is when chiropractors attempt to treat ailments that are far outside their area of knowledge. It’s extremely reckless, but there are chiropractors who try to treat the following medical conditions:
- Broken bones
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- High blood pressure
- Immune system disorders
These patients must be referred to the proper medical specialist right away. Otherwise, the consequences can be devastating or even fatal.
If you were harmed by a careless chiropractor, an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you get justice. Your attorney will examine your medical records and conduct a thorough investigation of the chiropractor’s behavior to find out what really happened.
There’s no excuse for chiropractors who hurt their patients. Your Wyoming attorney will file a claim to help you get the money you need to recover the cost of the damages that you or a loved one has suffered. This may include:
- Hospital stays
- Occupational therapy
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning potential
- Wrongful death
Our trial attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have been recognized for outstanding achievement by Super Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell® Top Rated Lawyers.
Call (877) 433-3906 to schedule a FREE consultation today. We never stop fighting for our clients.