When you take your child to the dentist or any other medical professional, you should be able to trust that they know how to properly care for and treat your child. You certainly should not expect that the dentist will cause additional serious injury to your child. However, this is exactly the nightmare facing one family due to the negligent acts of a dentist.
The family took their four-year-old daughter to a dentist for some caps and some pulled teeth earlier this year. Though it should have been a routine procedure, the child ended up unable to speak or respond to her name. Reports indicate the child suffered severe brain damage and the dentist’s license has been temporarily revoked. According to reports, the following allegedly occurred that may have contributed to the injuries:
- The dentist gave her five sedatives over the course of seven hours (much longer than the procedure should have taken)
- The dentist restrained her on a papoose board, a restraint device generally used on uncooperative patients or patients with special needs
- The dentist failed to notice that her oxygen had decreased while her heart rate and blood pressure increased to dangerous levels
The family stated they were planning to file a legal claim against the dentist.
Medical Malpractice Claims in NJ
When a person suffers serious personal injury because a medical professional—dentists included—acted in a negligent manner, the injured victim has the right to file a claim for medical malpractice. Simple mistakes will not qualify as medical malpractice; instead, the injury must be caused by an act of negligence, which means the professional acted differently than other professionals would have in the same situation. Some common examples of negligence that can lead to medical malpractice claims include:
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to monitor vital signs
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
- Errors during childbirth
Many of the errors listed above can lead to serious medical complications or the development of additional conditions that can require extensive medical treatment and can often be life-threatening.
Call for a Consultation with a New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
Medical malpractice claims can be complicated, as doctors have insurance companies and lawyers helping them fight liability. If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of a dentist, a physician, or any other type of medical professional, you should not delay in calling an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Mark Yampaglia Law, P.C. Contact us today for a free consultation.