Some alternative medicines can produce bad reactions in some of your clients, who may then seek compensation.
A client signed up for a five-day treatment at an alternative medicine practitioner's healthcare centre. The treatment included therapeutic follow-up, colonic irrigation, walks in the woods, workshops on food and health, a liquid diet and the ingestion of natural products.
On the third day of the treatment, the client seemed disoriented and incoherent. She suffered from headaches, nausea, vomiting and memory loss. During a massage session, she had convulsions. The practitioner contacted the client's spouse to come and pick her up.
Upon arrival at the house, the spouse immediately called an ambulance. The client was in hospital for eight days. After several tests, the doctors concluded that the client suffered from "hyponatremia induced by a liquid diet and colonic irrigation".
The client claimed $14,000 from the practitioner for temporary and permanent damage, loss of income due to hospitalization, and various other related costs, as well as damages and interest.
This case did not go to court because the client and the professional liability insurer came to an agreement on approximately $6,000 in compensation and $5,500 in legal costs.