Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Dead patient's estate sues chiropractor & others

Dead patient's estate sues

The estate of a Santa Fe man who allegedly became a quadriplegic during a chiropractic session and later died is suing the chiropractor, St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and others for alleged malpractice.

Gary Trujillo, 39, went to St. Vincent's emergency room Sept. 14 and Sept. 22, 2004 for neck pain and neurological symptoms, but doctors failed to diagnose a spinal lesion or mass, says the complaint filed Aug. 8 by lawyer Steven Farber.

Trujillo, an auto mechanic, underwent treatments by Jerome Buenviaje at the Gonstead Family Chiropractic or New Mexico Family Chiropractic clinic, 3600 Rodeo Lane, says the complaint.

On Oct. 4, 2004, while on the treatment table in Buenviaje's presence, Trujillo ``complained of losing sensation and became quadriplegic,'' says the complaint. It says Trujillo died on Jan. 30, 2005, because the chiropractic treatment ``aggravated the spinal lesion.''

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