Pontine Stroke Lawsuits

Victims of a stroke often fail to realize the connection between the stroke they suffered and a recent visit to a chiropractor. If you visited a chiropractor shortly before suffering a stroke, you could be the victim of chiropractic malpractice. Medical evidence is beginning to highlight the link between cervical vertebrae manipulation and stroke that occur in the hours or days following the manipulation.

About Pontine Strokes

Strokes can occur under a variety of different circumstances. A pontine stroke involves the area of the brain known as the pons. The pons is the part of the brainstem that links the medulla oblongata and the thalamus. Within the pons are nerve bundles that act as a pathway for movement and sensory information that is transmitted between the body and the brain.

A number of very important functions are regulated by the nuclei located within the pons, such as breathing, swallowing, sleeping and hearing, as well as the body’s equilibrium, the ability to taste and eye movement. In addition, facial expression, sensation and posture are also regulated in large part by the nuclei found within the pons.

When bleeding occurs within this vital area of the brain, the victim may suffer a pontine stroke. One potential cause of bleeding within the pons area of the brain is a dissected carotid or vertebral artery. The majority of the blood supply to the brain travels through these arteries. A chiropractic adjustment to the cervical spine can cause damage to the carotid or vertebral arteries. A sudden, violent twist of the neck or an adjustment that uses too much force can lead to a tear or rip in the artery. The subsequent bleeding can lead to a pontine stroke.

Victims of a pontine stroke often experience symptoms such as:

  • Poor eye movements
  • Impaired vision
  • Difficulty swallowing and articulating words
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Dizziness caused by vertigo
  • Numbness
  • Nausea.

The victim of a pontine stroke may require extensive and ongoing hospitalization and rehabilitation. Recognizing the nexus between a chiropractic manipulation and subsequent pontine stroke is difficult. Many patients, in fact, never realize that their chiropractic care could have caused, or contributed to, their stroke.

If you or a loved one has suffered a pontine stroke and chiropractic care took place in the days or weeks prior to the stroke, contact the experienced chiropractic stroke attorneys at The Abelson Personal Injury Law Firm, today for a free consultation. With the help of a board-certified physician, a member of our firm can give your case the proper attention it deserves and help you obtain the compensation you need to recover for a lifetime of care following a stroke.

To schedule a free consultation and claim evaluation, contact our Washington DC office with this online contact form. We represent victims who have suffered a pontine stroke as a result of chiropractor malpractice across the nation.


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