Woman paralyzed after chiropractic neck manipulation suing profession for half billion: rabble.ca exclusive video interview with plaintiffs

    EDMONTON, June 13 /CNW/ - rabble.ca reported today that an Alberta woman,
paralyzed after her neck was manipulated by a chiropractor, has launched the
biggest-ever class action suit against chiropractic in Canada.
    The suit, filed yesterday in Edmonton, is asking for more than a half
billion dollars in damages not only for the victim, Sandy Nette and her
husband, David, but for an entire class - anyone in Alberta treated or harmed
by chiropractors who deliver "inappropriate and non-beneficial adjustments".
The suit also seeks damages from the Alberta Ministry of Health and Wellness
charging that by allowing chiropractors to use inappropriate and
non-beneficial adjustments it "placed an uncontrolled public health risk into
the primary health care marketplace." It also names the couple's chiropractor.
    As well as breaking this story, rabble.ca has exclusive online video
footage of David and Sandy Nette talking about their experience on You Tube
and on rabbletv (http://www.tv.rabble.ca) in the On-Demand section. On You
Tube: David Nette's Story - Part One - The Beginning of Our Nightmare
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-7dYfZ0T8E; David Nette's Story - Part Two -
Making it Through the Night
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB_QCxJvFtE; David Nette's Story -
Part Three - I'm Not an Angry Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8ikPkVQ5XI;
Sandra Nette's Story - Look What You Did To Me
    Now, almost nine months after the incident, Sandy remains a victim of
"Locked-In Syndrome," alert, fully conscious and able to feel, but unable to
speak, eat or move - and requiring frequent respiratory suctioning.
    The unprecedented lawsuit is groundbreaking because it is the first time
lawyers have challenged the veracity of the fundamental underpinnings of
chiropractic in a court of law in Canada. Philip Tinkler, one of the lead
lawyers on the class action suit, explained that most victims of chiropractic
injury either lack the knowledge or resources to pursue a lawsuit. Tinkler
says the class action suit assists not only the Nettes but hundreds if not
thousands of people like them. He said his firm took on the challenge, "for
the justice of the case. It's a personal injustice on a personal level, but
there's also an access to justice issue, and a victimization that continues to
    The law firm of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, intends to launch similar law
in other provinces. Dr. Brian Gushaty is the registrar for the Alberta College
and Association of Chiropractors declined to comment on the suit prior to its
review by the organization's legal counsel. The Ministry of Health and
Wellness and the chiropractor also declined comment when approached by

For further information:

For further information: Derrick O'Keefe, rabble.ca Editor, (604)
324-6059; Wayne MacPhail, article co-author, (905) 526-7405

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