Chiropractor wins appeal in suit with AAA over breadth of chiropractic care
Zigmond Chiropractic sued the Auto Club for payment of benefits rendered to three of Zigmond's chiropractic patients. Zigmond argued it was owed benefits for hot pack therapy, physical therapy, massage, mechanical traction, and therapeutic exercise treatments. AAA persuaded the lower court to dismiss the claims on the argument that Zigmond was "unlawfully" practicing medicine. The Court of Appeals reversed, noting prior cases establishing that a chiropractor can lawfully practice within the bounds of chiropractic in areas that are also approved for other medical specialties. The appellate judges sent the case back to the lower court to determine whether the services were properly within the practice of chiropractic and "reasonable and necessary" services under the no fault act.