Woman who claimed chiropractic negligence gets nothing

Published: 2011-11-29 10:48:21
Author: Riley Yates, Of The Morning Call

 A Northampton County woman was in her third trimester of pregnancy when she took her daughter to a Slate Belt chiropractor for a checkup. While Kerri Haffner was there, she complained of lower back pain, and chiropractor Magdiel Garcia suggested a pelvic adjustment.

Was the chronic pelvic pain Haffner now suffers the result of that afterthought procedure? Or was it caused by medical problems of Haffner's that had nothing to do with what Garcia did?

Those were questions a jury answered Wednesday evening after a trial for medical malpractice. The panel found that while Garcia was negligent in his care in March 2007, he wasn't the reason for the 35-year-old Washington Township woman's enduring pain — a verdict that means Haffner receives nothing.

Medical experts for Garcia, of MultiCare Plus in Bangor, said Haffner had troubles with pain that predated his procedure, which was performed seven weeks before she gave birth to a healthy girl.