Arterial Dissection: Chiropractic Malpractice Considerations

Research shows 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.

Arterial dissection may occur in anyone, even if they have been receiving chiropractic treatment for years without problems. However, the risk is higher among people who have existing risk factors or a history of smoking.

Arterial Dissection

Arterial dissection is a tear in the lining of the artery, which may occur when an artery is stretched or twisted too far or too quickly. These tears may lead to the formation of blood clots. Blood clots may cause a stroke or the death of the patient.

Symptoms may not appear for weeks or months after the injury, and may include:

  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Vertigo
  • Disequilibrium
  • Numbness
  • And more

Who Can Sue

The plaintiff in a chiropractic malpractice case is usually the victim of the malpractice. In some cases, another party can be designated to represent the victim, for example if the victim is a child or has a mental impairment. If the victim has died as a result of malpractice, the executor of the victim’s estate can sue the medical professional for wrongful death.

When You Can Sue

There are legal limitations on the amount of time that can pass between the victim suffering injury due to malpractice and initiating a lawsuit against the professional responsible for that malpractice.
In Florida, the statute requires a victim to sue within two years. There are few exceptions, so it is best to consult with a lawyer before your case gets near the deadline.

Chiropractic Malpractice Damages

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

Other types of damages may be awarded. Talk to your attorney about your options.

If you have been the victim of chiropractic malpractice, you may be eligible for compensation. Call us, or come in for a free consultation today.
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