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Canadian Chiropractor Sued
after Child Is Paralyzed

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

On July 19, 2001, Canadian stock car racer Alan Turner and his wife Jill filed a lawsuit charging that V. Gary Dyck, D.C., paralyzed their 11-year-old son James by manipulating his neck and back. The suit asks for a total of $2.75 million Canadian dollars: $500,000 for general damages, $1,000,000 for special damages; $1,000,000 for lost earning capacity, and $250,000 to compensate the boy's family. The suit papers state:

The suit papers further charge that Dyck was negligent in that:

Dyck, a prominent chiropractor who practices chiropractic in Barrie, Ontario, was a member of the 35-member consensus group that helped draft the Clinical Guidelines for Chiropractic Practice in Canada, published in 1994 by the Canadian Chiropractic Association. He has also been a licensing examiner for the College of Chiropractors of Ontario, the agency that regulates the practice of chiropractic in Ontario.

The suit was filed by attorney Stanley M. Tick & Associates of Hamilton Ontario.

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This article was posted on October 18, 2001.