While many chiropractors provide effective and safe care, injuries can occur. Chiropractic malpractice typically involves instances where a chiropractor deviates from the standard of care, resulting in harm to the patient. Common scenarios include misdiagnoses, inappropriate treatments or failure to obtain informed consent.
However, instances of negligence underscore the importance of the potential risks of this treatment method. Understand the steps you should follow if you experience harm during chiropractic care.
Understanding the risks
Chiropractic malpractice may manifest in several ways, such as:
- Exacerbation of existing conditions
- New injuries
- Complications from negligent practices
For instance, forceful spinal manipulations can lead to vertebral artery dissection, which may result in stroke. Patients must be aware of potential hazards associated with chiropractic care. Pay attention to any unusual symptoms or discomfort following treatment.
Taking action from injury
If you believe you have suffered harm due to chiropractic malpractice, take prompt action. First, seek medical attention to address any immediate health concerns. Second, document your symptoms and the procedures performed. Third, request copies of your treatment records.
Reporting the incident
File a complaint with your state’s chiropractic licensing board. They will ask for a detailed account of the situation. This ensures that the chiropractor is accountable for their actions. It may also contribute to the protection of other patients.
Seeking additional medical opinions
Consider getting advice from other healthcare professionals to evaluate the extent of harm. Second opinions often provide valuable insights into the nature of the injuries sustained. They can also help you develop an alternative treatment plan.
Every patient has the right to safe and competent healthcare, and informed action is essential when a practitioner has harmed you.