Woman Sues Chiropractors for Half a Billion Dollars After She Is Left Paralyzed

Just recently, an unlicensed chiropractor snapped the neck of a man and was arrested, here. Now a Canadian woman, Sandra Nette, has filed a class action the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors and the provincial government for half a billion dollars after she was left paralyzed after an upper spine manipulation procedure. She has not only filed the complaint but created the video below on her ordeal.

Her filing states: “The procedure is an ineffective and dangerous one which chiropractors employ routinely. Ideological practitioners of chiropractic masquerading in the white smock of science perpetuate its unregulated, indiscriminate use with the condonation and protection of their supposed regulator against all reason. It has got to be stopped.”

Nette must now use a speech synthesizing touchpad to communicate, which is shown in this video that she has created.

The filing seems to zero in on the practice of upper spin manipulation and the allegedly poor regulation of the industry in Alberta.

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10 thoughts on “Woman Sues Chiropractors for Half a Billion Dollars After She Is Left Paralyzed”

  1. I am personally indebted to chiropractics after a car accy left me with multiple probs including a ‘frozen’ neck. I recovered almost total ROM (look out Linda Blair!)thanks to my snap and crack guy. And I agree with you, there be no bigger crooks than those who profit by the ‘medical machine’.

  2. Great comment above noting how desperate whoever wrote this story is. Making implications about the chiropractic profession based on the fault of an unlicensed chiropractor (thus not a chiropractor) is a very desperate attempt to degrade the chiropractic profession.

    Michael Spindell’s comment about chiropractic mimicking a cult is just as ridiculous. Some chiropractors have gone off the deep end and may be cult like, but the profession by and large is doing great things which is why the profession is still thriving despite having little to no advertising money collectively.

    And chiropractic does have science supporting it. Look at Dr. Carrick’s work explaining the neurology behind adjusting. A lot of medical research pertaining to neurology and manipulation/adjusting is going on to prove the effectiveness of chiropractic.

    Medicine does have a lot science behind it, but the application of the science is hindered by greedy business men. About 2/3 of all prescriptions in the world are given in the USA. Yet we have maybe 5% of the world’s population. By and large the medical profession is shoving medications down this countries mouth when most (not all) don’t need them.

  3. I agree with Catie. I am biased due to being a chiropractor in a few months, but she is bashing chiropractic as a profession when she and her husband are not only choosing to see a “chirorpactor” but they are choosing to see an unlicensed one at their house. I feel bad for the injured patient, but common sense is sometimes helpful in the world. How many people would let some guy work on them at home for dental or medical purposes. I wouldn’t. This guy could have done any number of things that chiropractors don’t even do. The whole perpose for getting a liscense and having a board for the state is to make sure the doctors aren’t stupid and they know what they are doing. The guy isn’t legally a chiropractor if he doesn’t have a liscense. This is no different than saying, hey dad can you attempt to crack my neck like the chiropractor does? I know this lady is upset, I would be too, but maybe she should start going to people’s offices. It may be safer.

  4. It would be advantageous for everyone if people would not refer to those committing crimes as a professional in any field as if they were legally capable of completing the duties of said field. To call this person a Chiropractor is a disservice to all those who completed the medical requirements of the of the profession.

  5. About that case I think the chiropractor that perform the treatment have no enough experience and knowledge about the treatment. That is why before you go to a chiropractic clinic try make sure that the clinic has licensed and has the best and well experienced chiropractor practitioner.

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  7. “Just recently, an unlicensed chiropractor snapped the neck of a man and was arrested”

    If he was unlicenced, and presumably also untrained, why not call him a neurosurgeon, as he fits this description equally as well, or perhaps astrophysicist? It seems to be a pretty biased anti-chiropractic perspective being not so subtly implied in this innacurate description. How can this guy be compared in any way to a chiropractor? I believe the correct caption would be:
    “Just recently, an unlicensed FAKE-chiropractor snapped the neck of a man and was arrested”
    This unevidenced “chiropractic is dangerous” perspective must have a very weak foundation to be forced to rely on such a stretched connection in order to attempt to make a point.

  8. The quote from her filling confuses me. Didn’t she choose to go to a chiropractor? Did she not know what happens at chiropractor appointments? I’m not saying the chiropractor she went to is faultless, I’m just wondering why personal responsibility is never discussed in cases like these.

  9. One needs to google the history of chiropractic to understand that it bears closer relationship to cult religions than it does to science. I recognize that modern medicine has its drawbacks, but there is at least an underpinning of scientific investigation. Chiropractic was the production of a con man looking for a lucrative scam.

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