From: The Vancouver Sun
A lawsuit against an Edmonton chiropractor by a patient who claimed a neck adjustment left her paralyzed was settled earlier this year in a multimillion-dollar judgment.
Sandra Nette and her husband David claimed a chiropractic session in 2007 damaged both her vertebral arteries, disrupting blood flow to her brain. After a failed attempt to launch a class-action suit against chiropractor Gregory John Stiles, the couple continued with their own lawsuit.
According to court documents, Sandra was awarded $3.9 million and David received $1.17 million.
Other documents reveal Stiles admitted to forging Nette’s signature on a consent form. According to an affidavit by Gregory Dunn, the chief operating officer of the Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association, Stiles disclosed he signed Nette’s name on a “blank informed consent form” included in records provided to the CCPA.
Stiles is currently suspended from practising as a chiropractor, the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors says. However, his website says he does not currently practice because of a shoulder injury “aggravated and worsened” by the job’s physical demands.