For some people, going to a massage therapist is the best way to end a stressful workweek and relieve tension in the body. For other, meanwhile, massage is essential for long-term therapy after an injury.
Unfortunately, however, some massages go wrong and result in injury. If you suffered harm during a massage session, is there any way to seek compensation for your damages? And does negligence on the part of a massage therapist fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice law in Florida?
Answering your second question, “No, unless a massage is being performed by a licensed medical professional as part of medical or therapeutic treatment, you will not be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit,” says our Cooper City medical malpractice attorney at Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A.
However, we did not say that there is no way you can sue a massage therapist or parlor for causing your injury during a massage. You do have the right to recover damages even if your case does not fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice law.
Who can be sued for your massage injury
Like medical professionals, massage therapists and massage parlors are held to a high standard of care when it comes to performing therapeutic massage treatments. Our medical malpractice attorney in Cooper City says that the negligent massage therapist is not the only party you can sue for your injury incurred in the course of a massage session.
If you suffered an injury during a massage, you may be able to sue not only the massage therapist who gave you the massage, but also the employer of the massage parlor, and the owner or operator of the health spa, hospital, gym, or other facilities where the massage took place.
Dangerous types of massages that can result in injury
Most people get massages to alleviate back or neck pain, get rid of any joint discomforts, and to treat their existing injuries. But when a massage parlor lacks experience or does something wrong by accident or negligence, he or she can cause severe damage and aggravate your pre-exiting injury.
If your pre-existing injury was aggravated rather than caused in the course of a massage, proving fault on the part of the massage therapist will be more complicated. More likely than not, you will need the legal help of an experienced lawyer.
Our Cooper City medical malpractice attorney says that you are more likely to suffer an injury during any of the following types of massage therapy:
- Swedish massage and deep-tissue massage (due to the high amount of pressure, kneading, and long strokes)
- Thai massage (due to the fact that a massage therapist has to walk on the back of the patient)
- Hilot massage
- Trigger-point therapy (due to all the rubbing and pressing on trigger points)
- Shiatsu massage (due to pressure, kneading, soothing, tapping, and stretching)
- Sports and athletic massage
- Cranial therapy
What types of massage injury are there?
Contrary to the popular belief, a massage therapist putting too much pressure while performing a massage is not the only type of injury that can occur in the course of a massage session.
Other types of massage injuries are caused by:
- Failure to ensure a sanitary environment during the massage (i.e. insanitary massage chairs and beds)
- Failure to properly train and supervise massage parlors and other members of the staff
- The use of defective or improperly maintained equipment
- Failure to provide a proper medical evaluation prior to the massage
- Failure to make a thorough inquiry about the patient’s medical history and pre-existing injury or illness
Consult with our best personal injury lawyers in Florida to find out what you can do to seek compensation for your injury or illness caused during a massage. Get a free consultation by contacting Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A., today. Call at 954-438-1000.