According to THIS ARTICLE, a group of Canadians harmed by chiropractors is suing not only the “doctors” involved but the state government. The basic argument is that by licensing and regulating chiropractors, the state takes on a responsibility to ensure that the care they provide is safe and effective.
This raises some interestig political issues which, unfortunately, divides CAM opponents based on attitudes towards government and regulation. My own, admittedly liberal, position is that government could do a much better job protecting public health if it regulated CAM to half the extent it does mainstream scientific medicine. HERE is my more detailed rant on the subject.
And HERE are some comments I made on the Science-Based Medicine Blog and David Gorski’s response which ouotlign the political aspects of the debate a little.