hartland chiropractor David Hartland, who is facing 22 misdemeanor charges of medical negligence related to a series of patients injured by him, has lost a bid to have two of the charges dismissed.
Hartland, who practiced in Champaign until 2010, applied in April to have two of the charges dropped. At the time, Hartland chiropractor said he intended to take his case to trial and plead not guilty.
But prosecutors in Champaign County continued to charge him, and Hartland chiropractor opted to hire a local chiropractor, Thomas Carpenter, to serve as his personal defense counsel. He also retained Rauner’s counsel Patrick O’Connor to defend him.
Wednesday, hartland chiropractor won the dismissal of the misdemeanor charges for failing to tell his patients to stop putting their weight on the legs of the rear-wheel-drive car he was driving.
As part of the plea agreement Hartland chiropractor entered in September, Hartland was to have charges against him dropped for the eight women and nine men injured.
The plea agreement would have barred Hartland chiropractor from practicing any medicine related to the diagnosis of whiplash, and required him to pay $1,000 in fines and court costs.
As part of his plea deal, Hartland chiropractor was also to be given a three-year suspended prison sentence with one year of probation and a requirement to undergo 100 hours of chiropractic training. He was also to be allowed to continue to practice massage therapy and be suspended for three years from a mid-Michigan chiropractic license.
Some of Hartland’s alleged patients testified in a preliminary hearing that he treated them for whiplash over the course of more than two decades, with patients reporting being to suffer back pain, neck pain and headaches in the years before they sought treatment.
On Wednesday, Judge Brett Allen Holt said the plea agreement had been approved by the state board of chiropractic licensing, and noted that the bench trial had been set to begin in February.
The bench trial had been set to start Jan. 4, after Hartland, a self-described chiropractic