Going to the chiropractor is supposed to help resolve medical problems, not create them. Yet one patient claims that her chiropractor provided negligent treatment which caused permanent neurological damage. The woman has filed a lawsuit against the chiropractor’s estate because he is now deceased. The lawsuit names Dr. Andrew Pasminski and seeks damages of more than $50,000 as well as legal fees.
Chiropractors, like medical doctors, are held to a higher standard of care than a regular person. A medical practitioner must provide proper care and is required to ensure the safe treatment of patients. The woman in this case claims to have been seriously injured after the chiropractor failed to properly perform treatment. The woman suffered severe and permanent neurological damage to her lower extremity. This occurred after the chiropractor improperly moved her foot and ankle during treatment.
Permanent Neurological Damage
Chiropractors must be extremely careful when treating patients because a mistake could be dangerous, as it was in this instance. Neurological damage can occur to the nerves, which may be permanent. Neurological problems may include loss of feeling, numbness, or pain. The medical problems can vary from time to time and, depending on the severity, may never go away. Patients who suffer from severe neuropathy may have a permanent disability or have difficulty with mobility. Ongoing medical treatments and rehabilitative therapy may be necessary for the long term.
Chiropractor’s Estate Sued
Some people may think that if the doctor or other medical professional who provided negligent care dies there is no way to recover damages. Actually, a lawsuit may be brought against the doctor’s estate as it was in this case. Of course, there are criteria that must be met for any legal action, including the legal time limits of filing a claim. In many situations, the law limits the time to file to two years from the time of the occurrence. A knowledgeable attorney will review your case and determine whether you meet the necessary qualifications to take legal action.
The woman in this situation suffered from a permanent injury because of the mistake of the chiropractor. She has sustained a great deal of pain and suffering as a result. Additionally, she has required expensive medical and therapeutic treatments. She will also likely never fully recover and may therefore be unable to work or to live a normal life. When an injury is permanent the responsible party will need to provide for expenses associated with treatment and care. If a doctor is negligent when providing care it is also called medical malpractice. Those who are victims of medical malpractice should seek money for damages.
Compensation for Injuries
A victim of medical malpractice is usually entitled to compensation for their injuries. This could include money to cover the medical care that was already provided as well as future medical needs. The victim should also receive money for pain and suffering and for lost wages. Those who were permanently injured or disabled as a result of medical malpractice may also seek money for loss of enjoyment of life and other damages. If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt because of negligent treatment by a doctor, contact Levin & Perconti for a consultation to find out what options are available to you.
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