Chiropractic Malpractice – Arterial Dissection Lawsuits

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What You Should Understand About Chiropractic Malpractice – Arterial Dissection Lawsuits

Chiropractic treatments are effective for many people, but malpractice does occur occasionally and sometimes it leads to lawsuits, particularly in regard to incidents involving arterial dissection. Patients of chiropractors who were injured during a neck or cervical manipulation may be eligible for compensation for their damages. Among the injuries that are associated with chiropractic treatments is the tearing of the artery’s inner lining which is known as a vertebral artery dissection. When one develops this condition, they are at an increased risk for experiencing a stroke. If this describes what has happened to you or to your loved one, contact our law firm without delay. McEldrew Young Purtell handles cases of arterial dissection in chiropractic malpractice lawsuits and aggressively fights for our clients’ right to receive compensation for their damages.

Common Symptoms of an Arterial Dissection

When an artery is unnaturally twisted or stretched, it can cause the artery’s lining to tear. When it tears, a blood clot may form. Blood clots are a common cause for strokes which can be fatal. If a person develops an arterial dissection, because the symptoms may not present for months after the dissection form, they may not even realize they have been injured. As a result, after seeking treatment, the person’s condition could be fatal. This forms the basis of many chiropractic malpractice arterial dissection lawsuits.

Common symptoms of an arterial dissection include the following:

  •         Severe neck pain
  •         Headache
  •         Numbness in one or more areas of the body
  •         Disequilibrium
  •         Vertigo

Filing Chiropractic Malpractice – Arterial Dissection Lawsuits

For a lawsuit to enter the civil court legal system, there must be sufficient proof that the plaintiff may have suffered significant damages from the defendant. If a lawsuit appears to be frivolous or without merit, a judge will throw it out of court. When considering pursuing chiropractic malpractice arterial dissection lawsuits, a victim’s attorney will consider in what way was their client wronged, and what resulted from that wrong in terms of damage. Finally, they will assess a dollar value to those damages and seek fair compensation from the responsible party. When it comes to chiropractic malpractice, there are two main ways in which the chiropractor may have harmed their patient:

  1.       They failed to diagnose a medical condition that the patient had and which required immediate treatment.
  2.       They harmed the patient when treating them.

Lawsuits to Recover Damages from Arterial Dissection Chiropractic Malpractice

When a patient is harmed because the chiropractor was negligent or careless, the patient has the right to pursue legal action against the doctor in order to recover their damages. If the patient suffered a fatal injury due to arterial dissection or a related condition, a surviving family member can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible chiropractor. The extent of damages suffered by a patient who was treated or not treated appropriately varies significantly. These are some of the most common damages reported by injured patients:

  •         Treatment costs to reverse or address the patient’s medical condition.
  •         Pain and suffering of the patient due to their condition(s).
  •         Income not earned by the patient while they are recovering, or permanently in some cases.
  •         Loss of the patient’s quality of life, either temporarily or permanently.


To learn more about chiropractic malpractice – arterial dissection lawsuits, call our McEldrew Young Purtell today.