Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Malpractice

Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Malpractice

Legal help for victims of physical therapy and chiropractic malpractice.

Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Care a Safe Alternative?

Physical Therapy Malpractice Lawyers

Physical therapists and chiropractors play an important role in our healthcare system.  Customer satisfaction among chiropractic and physical therapy patients generally exceeds ratings of other healthcare providers.  This explains why patients are comfortable placing their trust in their physical therapists and chiropractors.  The injuries that brought patients to see chiropractic care or physical therapy often render them vulnerable to additional and new injuries if proper procedures are not followed.

Proper Evaluations Required for Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Care

Detailed Evaluations Prevent Injuries

Malpractice claims have successfully been pursued against physical therapists and chiropractors for herniated discs during procedures.  Chiropractic manipulations that are performed improperly have been shown to cause strokes.  Patients should be instructed and monitored during certain exercises to make sure they are properly and safely performing the exercises.

A malpractice attorney will want to know the following information:

  • Was the physical therapy or chiropractic care ordered by a medical doctor that conducted a medical evaluation and made specific care recommendations?
  • Was the patient a fall risk either due to the injuries, surgeries or other medical conditions?
  • Did the physical therapist or chiropractor take a medical history?
  • Were risk factors for susceptibility to injury or new injuries during care documented and properly considered before treatment was rendered?
  • Was a physical examination performed prior to the commencement of physical therapy or chiropractic care?
  • Was a neurological exam performed? This is relevant particularly in cases where a fall occurred during therapy or a stroke is alleged to have occurred at or near the time of a chiropractic manipulation.
  • Was a medication history obtained? Certain medications can increase the risk of falls and bleeding.

The care that is taken prior to the commencement of physical therapy or chiropractic care is crucial to identifying and accounting for risk factors.

Many car accident victims suffer dizziness and are accordingly at an increased risk for falls during physical therapy.

Rules for Chiropractors and Physical Therapists

Rules for Patient Safety

Chiropractic treatment and physical therapy requires the health care providers to follow recognized standards of care.  The failure to follow the standard of care can result in serious injuries.  If a patient is assessed as being a fall risk therapy should be performed in a fashion that prevents falls.  Electrical stimulation requires proper preparation of the patient’s skin, use of clean equipment and proper monitoring to prevent burns.  Chiropractic manipulations must be performed properly to prevent injuries to the spine and strokes.

George took his time reviewed all the facts and documentation of the case. Once completed with the review George worked with me to identify the best course of action. Once that course was identified he was relentless. It was immediately apparent that his focus was on me and my case.

A personal injury client.

Patients often seek care from chiropractors and physical therapists because they perceive these treatments to be a less risky alternative to surgical procedures, injections or the use of prescription medications.  Many are never properly informed of the risks associated with physical therapy and chiropractic care.

George Patterson, Physical Therapy Malpractice Lawyer

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