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Attorney At Law
Patient Sues For Chiropractic Malpractice
Published Missouri Lawyers Weekly
A St. Louis woman sued her chiropractor, claiming she needed surgery to
repair a ruptured disc caused by his improper treatment.
Leslie Krieger, 32, went to Dr. Leonard Suiter, a chiropractor, complaining
of hip pain and numbness in her fingers in Feb. 7, 2001. The first five
treatments seemed successful, but she then began to have pain in her neck.
She continued to see Dr. Suiter, but her pain grew worse.
Complaining of her severe pain, she saw Dr. Suiter on March 2. He
manipulated her spine again, but Kreiger said this time she felt a "pop".
The pain lessened for a few hours, but returned that evening, and
continued to increase. By March 5, Kreiger was experiencing partial
paralysis, and her husband took her to the emergency room.
After X-rays and an MRI, Dr. Alexander Marchofsky, a neurosurgeon,
diagnosed a herniated or ruptured disc, which he believed was caused by Dr.
Suiter's manipulation on March 2. He said the herniated disc was pressing on
her spinal cord, causing the paralysis. She underwent surgery to remove the
disc on March 16.
Dr. Suiter denied any negligence, claiming that Kreiger suffered from a
severe degenerative disc and joint disease. He said that she ruptured her
disc attempting to roll out of bed on March 5.
Kreiger argued that Dr. Suiter should have re-evaluated her treatment and
referred her for a neurological consult when the manipulations caused her
pain to increase. She also said his manipulation had caused her disc to
rupture, and that Dr. Suiter had not diagnosed any disc degeneration while
she was under his care. Dr. Marchofsky said the X-rays showed no evidence of
The jury awarded Kreiger $118,336
Type of Action: Medical Malpractice
Type of Injuries: Herniated disc at C5-C6
Court/Case Number/Date: St. Louis County Circuit Court/02-CC-226TCV-01/Feb.
Judge, Jury or ADR: Jury
Name of Judge: John A. Ross
Special Damages: 18,336 medical expense
Verdict or Settlement: $118,336 verdict
Allocation of fault: N/A
Last Offer: None
Last Demand: $100,000
Attorneys for Plaintiff: Herman Praszkier, St. Louis
Insurance Carrier: N.C.M.I.C. Insurance Co.
Plaintiff Experts: Dr. Alan Bragman, Atlanta, Ga. (chiropractor); Dr.
Alexander Marchofsky, St. Louis (neurosurgeon)
Defendant's Experts: Dr. Daniel Coogan, St. Charles (chiropractor); Dr.
George Dohrman, Chicago, Ill. (neurosurgeon); Dr. Ralph Filson, St. Louis
(chiropractor); Dr. John Triano, Plano, Texas (biomechanics)
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