Physical Therapy to Correct One Condition Has Now Caused AnotherJuly 8, 2013
When you were injured at your construction job site, your company sent you to the physician retained by its insurance company. The doctor diagnosed you with lower back strain and ordered physical therapy to resolve your pain. You then began a rehabilitation regimen under the guidance of a physical therapist.
Now, months later, your neck is bothering you and you believe the pain may have been caused by negligence on the part of the physical therapist. How can you prove your case and how do you proceed?
You should check with the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy to find out if your therapist is properly licensed and if he or she is facing any pending disciplinary action. Also, the Code of Maryland Regulations has a long list of specific requirements for physical therapists. To build an effective case, you need to answer several questions. For example, did your therapist:
- Develop your original plan and work with you for the duration of your treatment? If your treatment was handed off to an assistant, did the therapist supervise him or her to ensure proper treatment?
- Rely on his or her experience and proper professional judgment in the evaluation and treatment phases?
- Respect your right to reject treatment?
- Reevaluate your condition to gauge progress and make necessary adjustments to the plan?
- Provide you with full and accurate information about the plan and specific exercises or procedures?
Before you proceed too far on your own, you should contact an experienced Maryland attorney who can help you in determining whether or not negligence by the physical therapist contributed to your current condition. If further legal action is warranted, you’ll want assistance from someone who has worked successfully through similar cases before. Contact the medical malpractice lawyers in Maryland at Leviness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. for legal advice and direction in your physical therapy malpractice claim.