Chiropractic Brainstem Stroke Lawsuits
Most people are unfamiliar with the concept of a chiropractic-induced stroke, yet it is a very real risk for anyone who undergoes chiropractic care. When a chiropractor adjusts the neck, the sudden twisting can damage fragile arteries located in the cervical spine. Those arteries, once damaged, can begin to bleed and can eventually induce a stroke, including a stroke that involves the brainstem.
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered a brainstem stroke following a chiropractic adjustment, contact the chiropractic malpractice lawyer at The The Abelson Law Firm. Our experienced attorneys will review your case to determine if you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and what legal options you may have.
Brainstem Strokes and Chiropractic Malpractice
The human brain is a complex organ. The brainstem is a vital part of that complex organ and is responsible for life-sustaining functions such as breathing and maintaining the heart rate. Because of the vital functions carried out through the brainstem, a stroke that occurs in this area of the brain can be fatal.
The human body has an intricate maze of arteries and blood vessels. The vertebral artery is the artery that supplies much of the life-sustaining blood to the brainstem, making this artery very important. The vertebral artery enters the skull at the very top of the cervical portion of the spine. The location of the vertebral artery makes it extremely susceptible to any injury to the neck. Chiropractic manipulation of the neck can cause such an injury.
When a chiropractor adjusts or manipulates the neck, the abrupt, forceful twisting of the neck that is required can actually stretch, tear or rip the carotid or vertebral artery. When this happens, blood can collect and a blood clot can form. The blood clot can become dislodged and travel away from the spot of origin, landing in the brainstem. Once lodged in the brainstem, the blood clot can prevent blood from flowing freely to the brain, causing a stroke.
A brainstem stroke is potentially life-threatening. When a brainstem stroke is not fatal, it frequently causes debilitating injuries such as visual impairment, paralysis, nausea, loss of coordination, and difficulty with speech.
Injuries caused by a brainstem stroke often require life-long medical care and treatment, not to mention diminished quality of life. If you have suffered a brainstem stroke or have lost a loved one as the result of a brainstem stroke caused by a chiropractic manipulation or adjustment, you could be entitled to compensation.
The Abelson Law Firm, works with a board-certified physician to review claims for signs that chiropractic malpractice occurred. Our experienced attorneys will review your case and determine if you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and what legal options you may have.