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Can I File a Medical Malpractice Claim Against a Chiropractor?

February 28, 2018


You can file a medical malpractice claim against a chiropractor. Although a chiropractor is not a doctor, chiropractors do work in the medical field and can make preventable errors that hurt patients. When a patient is injured because of a chiropractor’s mistake, he or she may seek compensation for related damages through a medical malpractice claim, a type of personal injury claim.


Types of Chiropractic Malpractice


There are many ways a chiropractor can injure a patient or cause his or her condition to worsen. Some of these are the same mistakes other healthcare providers make, such as:


  • Delayed and incorrect diagnoses;

  • New and worsened injuries due to rough handling during treatment; and              

  • Failure to obtain the patient’s informed consent before providing treatment.            

When a chiropractor diagnoses a patient’s condition as another condition, he or she will typically provide treatment for the incorrect condition. This leaves the patient’s actual condition untreated while sometimes inflicting further damage on his or her body with the inappropriate treatment.


When a chiropractor fails to diagnose a patient’s condition, either by diagnosing it incorrectly or failing to diagnose any condition at all, the patient’s condition could progress, potentially eliminating his or her chance of making a full recovery or requiring much more extensive treatment.


Informed consent is the patient’s consent to receiving treatment after being educated about the potential risks and complications of the treatment. By providing informed consent, the patient agrees to receive the treatment while acknowledging that there could be side effects or that it could potentially fail. When the patient suffers from failure and complications that he or she was not informed about prior to the treatment, the patient may seek compensation for any related damages.


Seeking Compensation for Chiropractic Malpractice Damages


Chiropractic malpractice can cause a patient to suffer a variety of financial damages. These could include:


  • His or her medical bills for corrective treatment;    

  • The patient’s lost wages due to taking leave from work to recover and in cases where the patient is permanently disabled, the wages he or she could not earn due to the disability; and                   

  • Pain and suffering damages. These are the intangible damages that result from an injury, like the reduced capacity to perform one’s day-to-day household duties and the emotional trauma of suffering an injury because of an act of malpractice.   


To recover compensation through a chiropractic malpractice claim, the claimant must demonstrate that the chiropractor acted in a way that another chiropractor reasonably would not have acted in the same scenario. Healthcare providers are not perfect, but when they treat patients in a reckless or negligent manner, they are liable for the patients’ damages.


Work with an Experienced La Crosse Medical Malpractice Lawyer


If you were injured because of any healthcare provider’s negligence, whether you suffered at the hands of a doctor, a nurse, a chiropractor, a physical therapist, or another type of healthcare professional, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages through a medical malpractice claim. To learn more, contact our team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd today to schedule your initial consultation in our office.


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