Can a chiropractor be liable for medical malpractice?

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Can a chiropractor be liable for medical malpractice?

Most people wrongly assume that the only persons who may be held liable for medical malpractice are general practitioners and surgeons. However, nearly all medical professionals can be held accountable for medical malpractice in the event that medical negligence causes a patient harm. If your chiropractor has harmed you, you may be able to file a malpractice claim in civil court.

Defining Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is a type of tort, an action for which is pursued in civil court. The definition of a medical malpractice claim is that the medical professional in question acted in a manner that was outside of the standard of care that another medical professional would employ in the same circumstance. As such, a medical malpractice claim is often more complicated than a standard negligence claim (a claim involving a non-medical professional).

Examples of Chiropractic Medical Malpractice

When a chiropractor treats a patient in a way that violates the accepted standard of care that another chiropractor would execute, he or she is guilty of medical malpractice.

Examples of chiropractic medical malpractice include the following listed below.

  • Failure to diagnose a condition
  • Failure to refer a patient to a specialist
  • Improper manipulation of the neck, leading to stroke
  • Improper manipulation of the body, leading to injury
  • Failure to receive a patient’s informed consent

If any of the above has happened to you, or if you have incurred another type of harm that you believe was the direct result of your chiropractor’s malpractice, you should consult with an attorney.

Types of Damages Available in a Lawsuit against a Chiropractor

The types of damages available in a lawsuit against a chiropractor are the same as those damages that would be available for any other type of medical malpractice claim.

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering

The time limit for filing a medical malpractice claim against a chiropractor is two years in Pennsylvania, found under Pennsylvania’s Consolidated Statutes Section 5524(2).

Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney Near You Today

Victim of chiropractic malpractice has the right to take legal action. However, you must act quickly to ensure that your claim is filed within your state’s statute of limitations. Cordisco & Saile LLC knows how time-sensitive malpractice claims are which is why we want to hear from you today. To learn more, call now at 215-642-2335

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