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Pursuing and Defending Chiropractic Malpractice Claims: Standards of Care, Common Injuries, Expert Witnesses

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, December 13, 2018

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This CLE course will examine current trends in medical malpractice claims brought against chiropractors, including the injuries that commonly give rise to such claims, and practical tips to succeed with or overcome such claims.


Chiropractic care and treatment has grown more popular in recent years, though it remains controversial in some circles. Patients can sue chiropractors for medical malpractice just like medical doctors. In most jurisdictions, negligence or liability lawsuits that are filed against chiropractors are no different than ones filed against physicians.

Chiropractor negligence cases work much like any medical malpractice case. The victim must be able to prove that the chiropractor failed to provide the proper standard of care and that, by failing to do so, the patient suffered new or worsened injuries. Because of this, the evidence, including expert testimony, is critical to show that the chiropractor met or failed to meet the proper standard of care.

Listen as our experienced panel discusses the common injuries that give rise to chiropractic malpractice claims, the life cycle of a chiropractic malpractice claim, and how to determine the proper standard of care in chiropractic cases. Our panelists will also provide insight into approaches to defend against or triumph in these cases with expert witnesses and other evidence.



  1. Discussion of common injuries underlying malpractice claims against chiropractors
  2. Analysis of the requisite standard of care for chiropractors
  3. Use of expert witnesses and scientific evidence in chiropractic malpractice claims
  4. Establishing causation and challenges thereto


The panel will review these and other relevant topics:

  • What are the recent trends in chiropractic malpractice claims?
  • What types of injuries commonly give rise to malpractice claims against chiropractors?
  • How can the proper standard of care for chiropractors be determined?


Jafry, Ahsan
Ahsan A. Jafry

Burns White

Mr. Jafry’s practice consists of defending physicians, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living...  |  Read More

Johnston, Marc
Marc A. Johnston

Managing Attorney
Johnston Law Firm

Mr. Johnston is admitted to practice in the State of Oregon, and specializes in handling personal injury, business,...  |  Read More

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