Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who use spinal manipulation or ‘manual therapies’ to treat joint, muscle and bone disorders. In addition to manipulating the spine, they often provide advice on lifestyle, including exercise and diet, and many recommend rehabilitation exercises for patients to carry out at home. Chiropractic is considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine, and the General Chiropractic Council states that the care provided by these professionals should be “informed by the best available evidence, the preferences of the patient, and the expertise of practitioners”. Some chiropractors will treat conditions not related to the spine, such as IBS and asthma. Whilst most people attend chiropractic sessions and experience an improvement in their pain and other symptoms, a negligent chiropractor could cause serious injury, including:
- Torn muscles and tendons
- Vocal cord paralysis
- Brain stem stroke
As you can see, negligent treatment can have serious consequences, but, however you have been affected by a negligent chiropractor, you could claim compensation.
How to claim compensation for medical negligence
Because chiropractors are usually an alternative form of treatment operating outwith the NHS, your claim will normally be against the chiropractic surgery or chiropractor themselves. A personal injury lawyer can help to determine whether medical negligence occurred, and demonstrate how this directly caused your injuries. With many medical negligence claims, a court case is inevitable, as claims rarely settle outside court. However, you will be supported by your lawyer throughout the process, and the amount of compensation you’ll receive will depend on factors such as pain and suffering caused as well as any loss of earnings from time off work.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we treat every customer as an individual and our team are here 24/7 to offer confidential, no-obligation advice. So whether you have suffered damage to your muscles and tendons after negligent chiropractic treatment, or have experienced the sudden death of a loved one due to chiropractic manipulation, we can help you. When you call us, our professional personal injury lawyers will discuss the claims process with you in full, and because we work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, there are no upfront fees to worry about. Before you call, why not take the 30-second test on our website, to find out how much compensation you could claim?
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown