Physical Therapy Malpractice
Physical therapists are the bridge between an injury and recovery. They are supposed to help us regain our strength and mobility, but what happens when they fail to act in accordance with the medical standards they are tasked with?
At Wapner Newman, we help patients that have been injured by bad medical care. If you or a loved one has been hurt during physical therapy, contact our team today to schedule a free consultation.
Physical Therapists Can Be Negligent
Just like doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, physical therapists can provide care that is harmful to patients. When that harmful care results from carelessness or disregard of the standards of their profession, they could be considered negligent. When negligent care leads to a patient’s injury, that patient is within their rights to consider a medical malpractice claim.
How do physical therapists provide negligent care? Here are a few examples…
- A physical therapist makes a patient do exercises that worsen an injury or lead to a new injury.
- A physical therapist fails to monitor a patient to make sure they are doing stretches or exercises safely.
- A patient complains of pain, and the physical therapist disregards the complaints.
- A patient is dropped or mishandled by their physical therapist.
- A patient’s limbs are hyper-extended by the physical therapist to the point of injury.
These are just a few scenarios in which a physical therapist might be negligent, but any time a physical therapist causes their patient harm, the patient has the right to explore their legal options.
If you or a loved one has suffered harm at the hands of a negligent physical therapist, we encourage you to contact the Philadelphia physical therapy malpractice attorneys at Wapner Newman.
When Doctors and Physical Therapists Work Together, More Chances for Liability
Patients often see physical therapists on the order of a doctor. If you are injured in physical therapy, then you might wonder who is ultimately at fault for your injuries – the physical therapist or the doctor that ordered the physical therapy? This is a valid question, and it’s one that your attorney will also be asking when determining liability and who to name in a lawsuit.
Your attorney will review the care you’ve been given to find out whether the doctor’s orders were in keeping with standards of the medical care or the doctor should have known that the therapy was more risky than helpful. They’ll also review the therapy given by the physical therapist to find out whether their actions were the cause of your suffering.
In some cases, both parties might be responsible for the injuries you’ve suffered. If you’ve suffered harm in physical therapy, you should know that you don’t need to determine exactly who was at fault before consulting an attorney. Your lawyer will investigate your case, determine who should be named in your claim and do the work needed to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Physical Therapy-Related Injuries
One of the biggest concerns for patients undergoing physical therapy is the treatment of a specific injury or area of weakness. The worsening of an injury is one of the biggest reasons a patient might consider legal action. A few examples of injuries that might warrant concern are:
- Strained tendons or ligaments
- Broken bones
- Worsening of wounds
- Concussions or head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Heart attacks.
If you’ve suffered these or any other injuries during physical therapy, it’s worth asking whether the physical therapist’s actions or inactions contributed to your injury or illness. Contact a physical therapy malpractice attorney at Wapner Newman to schedule a free consultation with our legal team.
Sometimes PT-related Injuries Lead to Lawsuits Beyond Malpractice
If you’ve suffered serious injuries at a physical therapist’s office, you might be able to take legal action that doesn’t involve a medical malpractice claim. For example, if you slip on a slick floor or are injured because of unsafe property conditions in the parking lot, you could file a premises liability claim to get payment for the costs of your injuries.
If you are injured because of defective equipment at the physical therapist’s office, a product liability claim can be filed against the manufacturer of the faulty equipment to cover the costs of the injury.
You might be unsure of the exact cause of your injury, and that is perfectly fine. You don’t need to know all of these details to explore your legal options. At Wapner Newman, we will investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury and make sure you get the payment you deserve.
Let Us Help
If you or a loved one has suffered serious harm in physical therapy, you likely have many questions. You might want to know who is responsible or how you might be able to get payment for the medical bills, lost income and other expenses you’re encountering because of the harm you’ve suffered.
At Wapner Newman, we know how deeply these injuries can affect already injured patients. We help injured people get compensation, and we make sure that the compensation you get reflects the true costs you’re facing.
Let our team meet with you and your loved ones to discuss your situation and give you an evaluation of your case. Contact Wapner Newman today to schedule a free consultation with our Philadelphia physical therapy malpractice attorneys.