Physical therapy is a form a health care concerned with rehabilitating the body after an injury has occurred. Physical therapists specialize in helping individuals achieve optimal mobility and functionality. The field of physical therapy is very broad, encompassing medical areas involving cardiovascular care, sports medicine, neurological therapy, geriatrics, and pediatrics. Injuries requiring physical therapy commonly result from:

  • Car accidents
  • Sports Injuries
  • On-the-job injuries
  • Slip and fall incidents
  • Surgical procedures

Physical therapy often involves repetitive exercises and designed to help the person regain use of an injured or weakened body part. It can sometimes incorporate alternative approaches such as chiropractic work. 

What if I have been Injured Due to Physical Therapy?

While physical therapy is usually applied in connection with an existing injury, it can sometimes become a source of injury itself. This usually happens as a result of the negligence of a physical therapy professional or group. This will usually lead to a malpractice lawsuit.

Injuries that are caused by therapy may be due to several factors, including:

  • Overexertion of the body
  • Attempting certain movements too soon (i.e., a joint is not fully healed yet)
  • Incorrect instructions from the physical therapist or other health professional
  • Incorrect prescription of medicines or therapeutic techniques
  • Miscommunications amongst the staff at the therapy office

In such cases, it may become necessary to file suit against the physical therapist, the therapy office or organization, or other professionals. Depending on the nature of the injury and who may be held liable, these lawsuits usually result in a monetary damages award to compensate the person for their injuries. In many cases, calculating damages can be difficult, especially if the person has re-injured a pre-existing injury through therapy.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Physical Therapy Injury?

Injuries sustained during physical therapy can complicate an already-existing injury. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer if you believe that you are entitled to a damages award in relation to physical therapy injuries. Your attorney can determine the extent of your claim under your state’s laws, and can represent you during court hearings.