Three Healthcare Professionals You Can Target In A Malpractice Suit

Posted on: 28 October 2018

When you think about taking legal action as a result of medical malpractice, it's likely that you imagine targeting a doctor, a nurse, or the hospital itself. While these targets are common medical malpractice cases, you might be surprised to know that there are many other healthcare professionals that you can target. If you've attended an appointment with a different type of licensed and insured healthcare practitioner and have ended up with an injury that is affecting your quality of life and ability to work, contact a medical negligence attorney to discuss whether or not you have a case. Here are some professionals you may have a case against:


Patients rely on chiropractors to help them with back and neck issues, headaches, and many other health problems. Many chiropractic adjustments end well — the patient experiences at least some degree of pain relief, and the chiropractor can then indicate what subsequent steps are needed. However, there can be times that your chiropractor actually harms you. Whether it's an adjustment that is too intense and leads to considerable pain, or the serious issue of a stroke occurring soon after a chiropractic adjustment, you may have grounds for a malpractice suit.

Physical Therapist

In a similar manner, physical therapists work to help patients who are facing a variety of health issues. Although virtually anyone in pain can visit a physical therapist, it's common for patients of this type of practitioner to attend sessions following surgery. One way that a physical therapist can be negligent is by failing to understand your health issue or your physical limitations. For example, if the therapist has you perform an exercise that is too difficult and you complicate your injury, you should speak to a medical malpractice attorney.

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists can help you to feel more relaxed, but they can also treat specific health issues such as tight muscles, headaches, and even herniated discs in your spine. As with the above health practitioners, it's common to feel better when you leave your massage therapist's clinic, but this isn't always the case. An improper approach could worsen your existing condition — for example, pushing a disc farther out of alignment — or cause a new physical problem. Regardless of the issue that you're dealing with, you should promptly call a medical malpractice attorney to see if your case has merits. If you do, the attorney will help to negotiate the settlement that you deserve.