Chiropractic Malpractice Case Settles for $940,000
In May 2018, a chiropractic malpractice case settled in advance of trial for $940,000.
In the Complaint, Stephen Astran alleges that he began treating with a Connecticut chiropractor on September 16, 2014. The chiropractor ordered lab work, which included an erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). The ESR results were elevated. According to plaintiffs' experts disclosures, given Mr. Astran's history of back pain with intermittent fevers and the elevated ESR, the chiropractor should have referred Mr. Astran for an emergent MRI of the spine to assess for a spinal infection, before performing chiropractic manipulations. The chiropractor treated Mr. Astran with chiropractic manipulations over the course of six visits from September 17, 2014 until September 24, 2014.
It is further alleged in the Complaint, that by September 24, 2014, Mr. Astran's last visit to the chiropractor, Mr. Astran reported bilateral leg numbness, with an unsteady gait and he had a sensation of not having his feet underneath him. On September 25, 2014, Mr. Astran presented to Waterbury Hospital emergency department reporting mid-abdominal numbness radiating down both legs. An MRI showed discitis at T6-T7 with an epidural abscess compressing the spinal cord. Additionally, according to the Complaint, on September 26, 2014, Mr. Astran underwent thoracic spine surgery, T6-T7 laminectomy, evacuation of anterior spinal abscess and a T4-T9 posterior lateral fusion. According to the plaintiff, the surgery was followed by months of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation therapy; initially Mr. Astran was unable to walk. Mr. Astran, who was 50 years old at the time and employed by Sikorsky Aircraft for approximately 27 years, was unable to work for a year and five months following the surgery. Today, Mr. Astran is able to walk independently and has returned to his full-time job at Sikorsky.
Mr. Astran and his wife, Suzanne Astran, filed a lawsuit against the Connecticut chiropractic and his practice. The chiropractic denied negligence and claimed that Mr. Astran was negligent, and his actions contributed to his alleged injuries or damages he claimed.