S.C. chiropractor must pay $800,000

Published: 2011-03-15 11:35:31
Author: Kimberly Dick

  A jury ordered a Rock Hill chiropractor to pay more than $800,000 after evidence showed fraudulent records may have been created to conceal part of a woman's treatment performed hours before she was hospitalized.

Cheryl Chandler sought relief for minor back pain from a chiropractor after seeing a family physician in June 2006. The Rock Hill woman, then 53, said she had an aching pain that continued down her leg.

Chandler said she heard a chiropractor could provide some relief, so she went to see Narry Beaver of Beaver Chiropractic and Spinal Rehab in Rock Hill.

"However, after my first treatment, I was feeling a little worse," she said. "I had difficulty sleeping."

Because Chandler was in pain, she had her husband take her for a follow-up treatment.

Hours after that treatment, she was admitted to the hospital with "intractable pain," and given morphine. An MRI revealed the need to do surgery to repair the disc in her back.

"It was the most excruciating pain I've ever had," Chandler said. "I ended up in the hospital with a ruptured disc. Following surgery, I've never been like I was before. I'm always in some measure of back pain."