If you have been injured by a physical therapist’s negligence, you might be wondering what your legal options are. Since physical therapists are considered medical professionals, a physical therapist’s error, misconduct or carelessness could give rise to a medical malpractice claim. Our knowledgeable Syracuse physical therapist negligence attorneys will diligently analyze the circumstances of your injury so we can provide you with an honest opinion regarding your legal options.
The Role of Physical Therapists
Physical therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who help people regain strength and movement that may be impaired due to a condition or injury. Specifically, physical therapists use exercises and special treatments to help people move their bodies. These professionals also help with pain management. A patient may seek the help of a physical therapist at a rehabilitation center, hospital, nursing home or even at one own’s home. Injuries may take place during a physical therapy session for a number of reasons, including:
- Dropping patients during an exercise;
- Leaving patients unattended on equipment;
- Failure to monitor patients during an exercise;
- Using broken equipment;
- Sexual assault;
- Overextending joints;
- Failing to inform patients of risks associated with a particular treatment;
- Failing to listen to patients’ complaints of pain.