Chiropractic Treatment Medical Risks

Risk of Arterial Dissection and Stroke

The American Heart Association recognizes that chiropractic neck manipulations, or having your neck adjusted by a chiropractor, may be associated with an increased risk of stroke. This is because chiropractic cervical manipulation may lead to vertebral artery dissection, or a tearing of the inner lining of the artery. The risk of arterial dissection is even higher among people who have existing risk factors or a history of smoking.

However, arterial dissection may occur in anyone, even if they have been receiving chiropractic treatment for years without problems.

Arterial Dissection

headache symptom arterial dissectionArterial dissection is a tear in the lining of the artery. Dissection may occur when an artery is stretched or twisted too far or too quickly. Tears in the lining of the artery wall may lead to the formation of blood clots, and these blood clots can cause a stroke or the death of the patient.

Symptoms of vertebral artery dissection include headache and neck pain, vertigo, disequilibrium, or numbness, but the symptoms may not appear for weeks and years after the injury.

Elements of Chiropractic Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when there is a patient/medical professional relationship, breach of the duty of care expected by a medical professional, causation of an injury, and damages.

When you hire a chiropractor, he owes you a standard of care similar to other professionals in his industry. If he breaches this standard of care, through negligent manipulation of your body or other negligent acts, he may be liable to you for any damages he may cause.

These damages can include mental and physical pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and loss of future earning capacity. If death occurs, the chiropractor may also be liable for wrongful death.

Understanding Your Rights

Arterial dissection and stroke are very serious injuries that may lead to lifelong disability or death. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries after a visit to a chiropractor, you may be entitled to compensation.

There is a time limit for filing chiropractic malpractice suits, so it is best to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will help you go over the value of your case, collect evidence, and decide how to proceed.Call us now or come in for a consultation, and we’ll help you get the compensation you deserve.