Over 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time, and many seek chiropractic relief. Experts have estimated that 80% or more of the U.S. population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives, with costs approaching $50 billion every year on back pain remedies and treatments.
Not all chiropractic treatments result in relief from pain or other relief, and some may result in patient injury. A chiropractic patient in his thirties has alleged a stroke was caused by the chiropractor following a “forceful” neck adjustment. In the resulting lawsuit, the patient alleged negligence. The complaint raised issues concerning the training and competency of the chiropractor and whether the patient was told about the risks of the neck treatment.
Attorneys, chiropractors, physicians, insurers, employers, and other potential parties to litigation need to understand the types of litigation issues that may arise in connection with an injury related to chiropractic treatment.