The Role of the Chiropractor in the Legal Process

Tuition: $99
Hours: 6


Course Description

This six-hour course discusses the role of the chiropractor in the legal system. The focus is on the role of the chiropractor as an expert witness. The course is designed to assist Doctors of Chiropractic to understand what constitutes an expert and to assist the doctor in understanding and preparing for their participation in depositions and in the courtroom. This course is specifically designed for the practicing Doctor of Chiropractic by an experienced litigator and an experienced expert chiropractic witness.

The learner’s activities and actual course time is tracked electronically. The learner is engaged in this distance-based class by the use of interactive teaching tools. There are six CEU's available for this course.

Textbook - highly recommended to accompany this course:

THE CHIROPRACTOR AS EXPERT - A Guide for the Practitioner, by William Kevin Stoos, Copyright © 1998, 2005 William Kevin Stoos.

This great manual is only an additional $40. Details on how to order are in the course (it will be sent to you by mail after your order is placed).


The learner’s time spent studying course materials is tracked electronically.  A formal multiple-choice examination is administered at the termination of the course materials.  There will be at least three questions for every hour of the class.  The learner must score 75% to receive credit for the course.  Learners not achieving the pass rate will be directed to additional study by the instructor and allowed to re-take the examination.


  1. Discussion of what being an “expert” encompasses. Discuss why chiropractors are asked to provide expert testimony.
  2. The Doctor’s role in the legal process and how the legal process works.
  3. Legal issues related to the Independent Medical Examinations.
  4. Describe the skills and techniques of providing useful expert testimony.
  5. Learn the techniques of record keeping and record evaluation.
  6. The proceeding of the courtroom and depositions are explored with the emphasis on the doctor’s role.


In this course the learner will:

  1. Identify why a Doctor of Chiropractic is considered an expert.
  2. Explore the traits of a good expert witness.
  3. Develop the skills of providing effective testimony.
  4. Understand what happens in the courtroom.
  5. Identify the expectations of an Independent Examiner.
  6. Identification of eight rules of providing expert testimony.
  7. Review case studies involving Doctors of Chiropractic that were involved in
  8. providing expert testimony to explore the nuances of providing an expert opinion.
  9. Learn about how an expert bills their time for legal work.


This syllabus is a representation of the requirements for successful completion of the course, containing the objectives, content, organization, and evaluation processes. It is the student’s responsibility to read, comprehend, and act on the syllabus’ objectives, content, and requirements. The faculty teaching this course reserves the right to reasonably alter the sequence of activities, assignment dates, and evaluation and assignment methods or styles. Every effort will be made to inform the class members in advance of such changes. Students are responsible for following the syllabus and any changes instituted by the faculty. Should there be any questions or need for reasonable interpretation of clarification of the syllabus, the student must contact the lead course instructor/syllabus author(s) to obtain answers to the above.

All opinions, viewpoints and recommendations contained in this presentation represent those of the author alone and do not represent the opinions, viewpoints or recommendations of any organization with which the author may be affiliated, including, without limitation, the USOC or/and the ACBSP.