A chiropractor is being sued for wrongful death after a former Playboy model died from a stroke following a chiropractic adjustment, reports PEOPLE.
The estate of Katie May is suing Dr. Eric Swartz and his Los Angeles practice for her February 2016 death. The father of her only daughter, Alex Maimon, holds the estate and is seeking money to pay for college tuition for their daughter, Mia May-Maimon, 8.
The lawsuit filed on June 14 by attorney Ronald Richards alleges malpractice and negligence.
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According to Maimon, Swartz adjusted May’s neck and should have recognized that she needed to be hospitalized. The Los Angeles County Coroner found on October 19 that May died from “neck manipulation by chiropractor” after the adjustment tore her left vertebral artery, blocking blood flow to the brain and resulting in a stroke.
The lawsuit also claims the Swartz put off writing the patient report until February 4, which was four days after the adjustment and one day after her death.
Richards claims that Swartz did this prevent being held responsible for May’s death.
“It begs Plaintiffs to question whether Dr. Swartz went back to change his report after he was notified that May was hospitalized and subsequently died because of his treatment, the neck manipulation. He just tried to basically whitewash them and try to pretend all of a sudden now that he was making notes. It was odd, like he went to someone and asked how to make notes that made him the least culpable.”
The estate originally sought a settlement but was unable to come to an agreement with Swartz and his insurance company. The goal was only to attain college tuition for May’s daughter, according to Richards and Maimon.
May’s mother, Janet, said she didn’t see the point in the lawsuit since it couldn’t bring her daughter back to her.
“I don’t know what to say because it doesn’t bring our daughter back. If it brought our daughter back then I’d be so excited about it. But my daughter’s gone and we’ll never see her again so it doesn’t matter what happens.”
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