In December, the Connecticut Dental Commission determined that dentist Rashmi Patel can never again treat a patient under sedation. The ruling came after the death of 64-year-old Judith Gan, who was having extractions and implants performed at Patel’s office in February 2014 when she became unresponsive. Ms. Gan was transported to a local hospital and soon afterwards was pronounced dead. Dental-related fatalities are rare in the United States, but dental malpractice is not.

Everyone requires dental care. When a trained and licensed dentist causes an injury to a patient through carelessness or negligence, it’s dental malpractice. Anyone can be a victim; dental malpractice doesn’t discriminate. If you or a member of your family has suffered an injury in Riverside, San Bernardino, or anywhere in the Inland Empire or southern California region while under a dentist’s care, you may qualify to receive financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit with the help of an experienced Riverside medical malpractice attorney. The injuries that most frequently occur as the result of dental malpractice include:

– allergic reactions and infections
– injuries to the jaw and other bones
– inappropriate or improper surgery
– damage to nerves in the mouth, jaw, and tongue
– overmedication (including anesthesia)

Very little information is available about the frequency of death or serious injury as a result of undergoing a dental procedure in the United States. There are no national, mandatory reporting requirements, and many states do not require dentists to report when a death or serious injury has occurred. If you or a member of your family has sustained any of the injuries listed here while being treated by a dentist in the Inland Empire area, or if your dental troubles have been insufficiently addressed by your dentist, consult at once with a good Riverside medical malpractice attorney. Your attorney will examine the evidence and suggest your best options based on the specifics of your case.

By: Chris Purcell

Attorney Chris Purcell is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara College of Law. He exclusively represents the victims of personal injury and wrongful death. Chris was part of the team that won California’s largest-ever wrongful death judgment – a $150 million verdict for a family devastated by a tragic trucking accident. In 2011, he received the Top Gun Award given by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.