Over 185,000 physical therapists work in the United States, and projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that this number is likely to grow by 39 percent by 2020, due in part to an aging population.
Physical therapists, like all healthcare providers, face liability risks in providing professional services to patients. Physical therapists increasingly work autonomously. Medical error avoidance is of significant importance to public safety, and to public perceptions of the profession.
Attorneys, physicians, physical therapists, insurers, employers and others must be aware of the legal risks and liability issues that may arise in connection with physical therapy services.