Chiropractor broke woman's ribs, suit claims

Ann Knef Sep. 26, 2006, 10:18am

An O'Fallon woman claims a chiropractor broke her ribs during an unauthorized 50-point examination, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 15 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Esther Harris is seeking more than $400,000 in damages from Greg Komeshak, D.C, and Centre Point Chiropractic in O'Fallon.

Harris claims she initially sought treatment for low- and mid- back pain from Komeshak on Sept. 16, 2004.

When she returned the next day for additional treatment he "proceeded to treat (Harris) with a 50-point examination and a manipulation of plaintiff's back without plaintiff's consent," the complaint states.

Harris is represented by Patrick Foley of Becker, Paulson, Hoerner & Thompson in Belleville.

She claims Komeshak placed his knees, elbows and feet on her back in order to manipulate it after she specifically instructed him not to treat her ailments in such a manner.

"As plaintiff's chiropractor, defendant had the duty to refrain from unauthorized treatment of plaintiff and to have plaintiff's full consent prior to any treatment..." the complaint states.

"Physical touching per the techniques and manipulation employed by defendant was harmful, offensive and unauthorized because plaintiff did not consent or submit to said touching."

Harris claims she incurred medical, hospital and related care, and has suffered pain and mental anguish.

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