The recent death of a 3-year-old girl following a root canal procedure has sparked intense discussion about the safety of dental procedures across the country.
According to news reports, the girl's mother has filed a claim of negligence against the dentist, alleging the young child was given numerous sedatives and anesthetics and not properly monitored throughout the procedure, resulting in a lack of oxygen that left the girl brain dead.
Our dental malpractice attorneys know that this is far from an isolated incident. According to the American Board of Legal Medicine, more than 13 percent of all medical malpractice claims in the U.S. are filed against dentists, with individual dentists averaging 1.63 malpractice reports on file between 1990 and 2003. About 4 out of 10 of these claims that make it to trial are won by the plaintiffs.