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Settlement reached over stroke after chiropractic adjustment

Plaintiff was a 50-year-old male who was seeing a chiropractor for routine care. He complained of dizziness and visual disturbances following a manipulation which the defendant chiropractor documented in the chart.

Chiropractor subsequently saw plaintiff for additional adjustments. During one of the adjustments, plaintiff’s vertebral artery was dissected. Plaintiff was taken via ambulance from Chiropractor’s office to a hospital where surgery was performed. He was left with life-altering disabilities and is unable to work.

Settlement Report

Type of action: Medical malpractice

Injuries alleged: Stroke caused by chiropractic manipulation

Case name: Confidential

Case number: Case not filed

Court: Mecklenburg County

Judge: Wayne Huckel, mediator

Verdict or settlement: Mediated settlement

Date: Jan. 6, 2010

Amount: $899,000

Special damages: 50-year-old male disabled after chiropractic manipulation

Plaintiff’s attorney: Troy J. Stafford of DeVore, Acton & Stafford (Charlotte)

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