A chiropractor is a licensed professional that is trained to diagnose and treat the misalignment of joints in the musculoskeletal system. Most chiropractors focus on patients who are experiencing pain and discomfort in their neck and back. Oftentimes, a chiropractor will manually adjust or manipulate the vertebrates to reduce a person’s discomfort and improve their functionality.
While a chiropractor may not be a licensed physician, he or she may still be liable for malpractice. Common errors by chiropractors occur during some of the following procedures:
- Spinal manipulation therapy; and
- Routine alignment.
When a chiropractor fails to adequately manipulate a person’s back or neck during a procedure, it may result in some of the following injuries:
- Herniated disc;
- Nerve damage;
- Heart attack;
- Organ or artery rupture;
- Blocked artery;
- A blood clot, among others.
Like a licensed physician in New Jersey, a chiropractor has a duty to provide adequate and competent care. If a chiropractor fails to administer care in accordance with the reasonably accepted standards and, as a result, the patient suffers injuries, the patient may have a claim for malpractice.
A person that suffers injuries as a result of negligence during a chiropractic procedure may recover compensation for the following damages:
- Current medical care;
- Future medical care;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering, among others.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries as a result of negligence during a chiropractic procedure, you may have a claim for malpractice. It is important to contact an experienced New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer who can represent you in the matter and fight for the compensation you and your family deserve. The attorneys at the Rinaldo Law Group LLC are skilled malpractice and personal injury lawyers. To schedule a free consultation with our New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer, call 908-352-2500.