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Chiropractic Negligence Compensation

Chiropractic negligence compensation occurs if your initial injury gets worse or you get a new injury following treatment.

If you have suffered adversely you could be entitled to seek chiropractic negligence compensation. Just the same as if you become ill or injured after a visit to your GP or local hospital, you do not expect anything but the best treatment from certified and registered chiropractors.

Who is a Chiropractor?

Accoridng to the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), a chiropractor is “a health professional concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health”.

Chiropractors use their hands to treat disorders of the bones, muscles and joints. Chiropractors believe that by manipulating bones, muscles and joints the body’s nervous system will begin to run more smoothly and enable the body to heal naturally.

Despite this there is no scientific research to support the claims that it can indeed help with anything other than chronic back pain. Many patients receive sub-standard treatment as a result. Many spend considerable sums of money on treatment that is making their condition worse.

The General Chiropractic Council is the statutory body who regulates chiropractors. We report chiropractors to them if you have a chiropractic negligence compensation claim.

Click here for information about good medical practice.

Chiropratic negligence compensation stems from the failure to deliver good medical practice and causing injury as a result.


Did you know?

Chiropractic theory and practice is not based on any body of knowledge related to health, disease, and health care which is widely accepted by the scientific community.

Many chiropractors promise too much about what they can achieve.

Very little of what chiropractors do has been studied.

Unless your diagnosis is obvious, it’s best to get diagnosed elsewhere with an Orthopaedic surgeon for instance.

You don’t need to see them every week for maintenance

“Cracking” of the spine doesn’t mean much.

If the first few visits don’t help you, more treatment probably won’t help

Neck manipulation is potentially dangerous.

Consent and Risk

Your chiropractor should discuss with you your problem and recommendations for treatment. The treatment should be discussed in detail as to why it is deemed to be effective.

The number of treatments and cost should be discussed. Benefits and risks should be dealt with in great detail. Alternatives to treatment should also be discussed. Further investigations such as x-ray or MRI scan should be recommended.

You should then sign a document to say that you agree to the treatment and understand fully the risks and agree to them. If this does not happen then do not have treatment.

Most of the chiropractic negligence compensation cases we deal with are as a result of poor consent and failure to discuss risks.


Injuries caused by chiropractic negligence

To claim chiropractic negligence compensation your initial problem is either made worse or you develop an new problem.

If the manipulation of the spine goes wrong the complications can be very dangerous. They include:

  • Broken bones
  • Strokes
  • Horner’s Syndrome
  • Locked – in Syndrome. This is following manipulation of the cervical spine for treatment of whiplash. Immediately the patient became unresponsive. A brain stem infarction resulting in the “Locked-In” syndrome resulted. Ten months later he remained tetraplegic and mute. For information click here
  • Paralysis – torn arteries caused paralysis. For example click here
  • Death – A review of published cases of death caused by chiropractic treatment can be found here

If you think you have a chiropractic negligence compensation claim then contact us today.


There is a very real risk of stroke which can result in chiropractic negligence compensation.

Stroke occurs when an artery to the brain ruptures or becomes blocked by a clot as a result of being stretched. This can happen following extreme rotation.

A chiropractor’s hands are placed on your head in order to rotate the cervical spine by rotating the head. The vertebral artery is vulnerable because it winds around the topmost cervical vertebra (atlas) to enter the skull. Any abrupt rotation may stretch the artery and tear its delicate lining.

A blood clot may then be dislodged. It can block a smaller artery that supplies the brain.

Chiropractors may say that the risk of stroke is extremely small. They may not mention it at all.

There has been little systematic study of stroke frequency. In a large majority of incidents either the victim does not complain or link the stroke to the treatment.

If you have suffered a stoke and previous had chiropractic treatment then you may be entitled to chiropractic negligence compensation.


Chiropractic Treatment through the NHS or a Private Practice?

Although it is available on the NHS, the majority of people who receive chiropractic treatment use a private clinics. The NHS states that around half of patients treated by a chiropractor suffer some form of adverse effect.

We always advise getting a recommendation from your GP or Orthopaedic Consultant before embarking on a course of chiropractic treatment.


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Want to Claim Chiropractic Negligence Compensation?

If you have been injured then you may be entitled to seek chiropractic negligence compensation.

Our specialist clinical negligence team are here to help you.

In your chiropractic negligence compensation claim we will help you cover your medical expenses, help you pay for on-going care and any adaptations required in your home, cover loss of earnings and also ensure you and your family can live comfortably in a trying time.

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