Most people who seek the help of a chiropractor do so because they're in pain and are seeking relief, or want to protect the health of their spine and nervous system. When performed properly, chiropractic treatment can relieve pain and promote overall health. When done poorly, it can lead to severe and permanent injury, and may amount to medical malpractice.
Chiropractic malpractice can take place in a number of ways. Negligent manipulation of the body can make an existing injury worse or create new ones, including herniated disks, broken ribs, and nerve damage. Failure to diagnose a medical condition that the chiropractor, as a medical professional, should have detected may be a breach of the chiropractor's duty of care to patients. Many people are unaware of the risk of chiropractic-induced stroke, in which improper manipulation of the neck by a chiropractor causes a blocked or ruptured artery. Because the stroke may occur as much as several weeks later, the patient may not immediately connect it with the chiropractic treatment.
Like other medical professionals, a chiropractor is required to advise patients of possible risks of chiropractic care so that they can give informed consent for treatment. If a patient is not made fully aware of potential risks, and treatment leads to injury, the chiropractor may properly be held liable for malpractice.
At Huegli Fraser PC, we understand the mix of feelings that clients experience after being injured by chiropractic malpractice: anger, confusion, shock, worry about the future, and of course, pain. Many of our clients never imagined they'd need to contact a malpractice attorney, but find they must in order to do what they can to get their lives back the way they were before their injury. We consider helping them get back to a normal life a great responsibility, and we are committed to fulfilling it.
Like other types of Oregon medical malpractice, chiropractic malpractice cases are very technical and complicated. Most attorneys prefer not to accept chiropractic malpractice cases at all, given the amount of time and resources needed to prepare them and the level of skill needed to try them successfully. At Huegli Fraser PC, the respected chiropractic and medical experts with whom we work offer the knowledgeable testimony needed to support our clients' cases. With over 45 years' combined experience, our attorneys know how to effectively prepare and convincingly present cases to Oregon juries. Our record of successes speaks for itself, including numerous recoveries in excess of a million dollars. In our years of practice, we have recovered over 100 million dollars for our clients.
Severe injury from a chiropractic injury or other medical malpractice can diminish your ability to care for yourself and your family, leading to feelings of powerlessness At Huegli Fraser PC, our goal is not only to achieve a financial outcome for our clients that will help them provide for themselves, but to give them back a feeling of control over their lives. Our attorneys partner with each other and our clients to form a team. At every step of the legal process, we keep our clients involved and informed. After working together so closely with us, many clients keep in contact with us for years afterward.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of chiropractic malpractice, there is help available. Talk to our experienced Portland malpractice attorneys for a candid assessment of your case. At Huegli Fraser PC, we give you a thorough, straightforward analysis of your legal position, and guide you through the next steps you need to take.
Huegli Fraser PC serves Portland and the surrounding area, working with clients throughout Oregon. Contact us at (971) 266-8877. We look forward to working with you.
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