An Alberta woman who claims her chiropractor paralyzed her for life filed a class action suit for over half a billion dollars.
In what is being called a landmark case, Sandra Nette alleges that a controversial “neck adjustment” performed by chiropractor Dr. Greg Stilles ruptured two arteries in her neck and caused a cascade of strokes that left her paralyzed and unable to speak. She is only able to move her right arm and one eye.
None of the allegations in the suit have been proven in a court of law.
The lawsuit is being filed against Stilles, the Alberta College of Chiropractors and the Ministry of Health on grounds that it failed to properly regulate the industry. It is asking for over $500 million in damages.
One of Nette’s lawyers, Philip Tinkler, explained that the class action suit has been set up for similar victims of malpractice who may not be able to pursue legal action of their own.
“Albertans have a right to expect that the health care they pay for and receive is safe and effective,” Tinkler said on the weekend.
“This claim alleges that people are not being properly informed of their health conditions or of the benefits and risks of the manipulations chiropractors propose to do.”