A 23 year old mother from Hawaii went to the dentist to have her wisdom teeth removed last week. During the routine surgery, she went into cardiac arrest, and was flown to a hospital where she remains in a coma. The surgery was performed by a dentist, who is also a medical doctor. The dentist has had several complaints made against him by patients. This is the second major dental surgery in Hawaii this year to end tragically. In January, a three year old girl died after a botched baby root canal, which was probably linked to an overdose of sedatives.
Dentists are medical professionals, and are expected to treat their patients using a high standard of care. If a dentist fails to use a high level of care on a patient, and the patient is harmed, the dentist may be liable for professional malpractice. Some examples of dental malpractice include improperly administering anesthesia, pulling the wrong teeth, botching dental procedures, failing to detect a mouth disease or tumor, and damaging nerves when removing teeth.
In some cases, the negligent work by a dentist is minor and can be fixed. However, if the dentist's errors are serious enough, the patient could experience infections, brain injuries, strokes, heart attacks, uncontrolled bleeding, and permanent damage to the nerves or teeth. The patient may suffer permanent disfigurement, may have to take time off work, or may need to pay extensive medical bills to get the problem repaired.
Fortunately, the vast majority of dentists are skilled professionals who use a high degree of care. However, those that aren't can inflict serious damages, and even death, to their patients. If you are in Houston and you have been injured by a negligent dentist who committed dental malpractice, call the dental malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493, or contact us on Facebook. We can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.