Late last year, the state of Connecticut suspended the license of a dentist after the death of one of his patients. In February 2014, a woman having extractions and implants at Dr. Rashmi Patel’s clinic became unresponsive, was taken to a hospital, and was then pronounced dead. Dr. Patel was accused of a failure to react properly when the woman’s oxygen level dropped. Dentistry-related fatalities are tragic but rare; injuries, however, are far more common. If you’re injured while in a dentist’s care, in California you have the right to sue for medical malpractice and receive compensation for your injuries and related expenses. But the compensation doesn’t come to you automatically. In Los Angeles County or elsewhere in southern California, you’ll need the help of an experienced Pasadena medical malpractice lawyer.
Dental malpractice includes but isn’t limited to damage or injury to the mouth, jaw, tongue, and bones, inappropriate surgery, infections, and overmedication. Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose can also trigger a dental malpractice claim. A couple in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights is currently suing their dentist and alleging that he overlooked a lesion in the wife’s mouth that turned out to be cancerous. Sheryl and Kevin Lunde filed a malpractice claim in Cook County in January; the Lundes are asking for a judgment in excess of $100,000.
If you or someone in your family has sustained any injury while under the care of a dentist in Los Angeles County or elsewhere in southern California, speak at once with a good medical malpractice lawyer. Your attorney will discuss your legal rights and options with you based on the specific details of your case. Get the legal help you need to fight for the compensation and justice you deserve, and consult as quickly as possible with an experienced Pasadena medical malpractice lawyer.