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What Happened In the Dentist Office

Dentists must use the utmost care to protect their patients from harm, especially when using general anesthesia or conscious sedation. Negligence involving anesthesia can have serious, even deadly consequences to patients if not administered properly.

It was three-years-ago when Kelsey decided that avoiding a dental visit was no longer possible. After finding a dentist that does conscious sedation, she made an appointment. After Kelsey’s first visit, she returned the next day for a routine dental procedure. Her mother, Debbie, dropped Kelsey off at the dentist office and was told someone would call when Kelsey could be picked up. After two hours, Debbie was told that Kelsey was not done yet, but everything was going fine. That afternoon when Debbie picked up her daughter, Kelsey was so lethargic that she could not walk. Debbie was assured that Kelsey was fine and the sedation would wear off soon. Debbie noticed Kelsey’s condition was not improving and tried several times to reach the doctor. At 10 p.m., the dentist once again assured Debbie that her daughter was fine. “He told me, ‘A lot of patients have this problem. She’ll wake up in the morning saying she’d have the best sleep she’d ever had,'” Debbie said. With that assurance, they didn’t go to the emergency room. Debbie’s worst nightmare came the next morning when she discovered Kelsey was not breathing. She called 911, but it was too late.

Shortly before Christmas that year, Kelsey’s parents received a phone call out of the blue suggesting the couple look into what really happened at their daughter’s dental appointment. After some investigating, the couple filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The suit alleged that the Dr. Jones failed to gather medical information about Kelsey, especially information related to her diabetes and bad reactions she had to sedation in the past. The lawsuit also alleged that Kelsey was taken to the bathroom at the dental office and left alone, only to be later found unconscious on the bathroom floor. Experts testified Jones gave Kelsey too much of the sedative and he failed to test her blood sugar before giving her sugar to combat sickness. Dr. Jones denied all allegations. The couple settled their wrongful death lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.

Dental malpractice claims are a way patients who have suffered injury due to negligence can seek and obtain compensation for their losses. At times, wrongful death claims may also be filed due to a death caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of a dentist. Although families, like Kelsey’s, can never undo what has already been done to a loved one, they can take legal action to protect their rights and to make sure the negligent dentist is held accountable. When a claim drags on longer than a plaintiff can financially handle a lawsuit funding company can provide a cash advance to pay the bills. This non-recourse cash advance requires no upfront fees or monthly payments. No money is repaid until the case successfully settles, and if it does not the cash advance is completely waived.

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