The parents of a 14-month-old child have filed a Texas dental malpractice wrongful death lawsuit against a dentist, his dental practice, and the anesthesiologist who provided anesthesia to the child for a dental procedure involving multiple baby root canals and crowns on four teeth, during which the child unexpectedly died. The little girl was being provided anesthesia by a contracted anesthesiologist during the dental procedure.
The parents allege that the defendant dental practice was performing unnecessary dental procedures on their child in furtherance of an alleged corporate scheme to bill Medicaid for unnecessary dental procedures performed on pediatric patients. The parents hope that their Texas dental malpractice lawsuit will uncover evidence that their child was a victim of the financial scheme to benefit the defendants at the expense of their pediatric patients, and their attorney alleges that other families have since come forward alleging that their children also had unnecessary dental procedures at the defendant dental practice.
The mother alleges that the anesthesiologist failed to describe or explain to her the procedures to be performed on the day of the dental surgery, and that the defendant dentist told her that he found a total of six cavities in her daughter’s teeth, which was four more than she was told before the dental procedures that took place on March 29, 2016.
An autopsy determined that the little girl died as a result of the anesthesia she was administered during the dental procedures.
The defendant dental practice reportedly suspended indefinitely the defendant dentist in July 2016, until the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners completes its investigation. It has been reported that a forensic odontologist hired to investigate the child’s dental treatment questioned the need for the dental procedures and stated in his report, “One can only speculate as to why any treatment was performed considering no indication of dental disease or pathology was seen in the dental radiographs (x-rays) in the dental visit dated 03/29/2016.”
In September 2016, the defendant dental practice reportedly sued the forensic odontologist, accusing him of libel, defamation, and business disparagement.
The child’s mother stated with regard to her child’s unnecessary death and her Texas dental malpractice wrongful death lawsuit, “It’s not fair. There needs to be justice. Her life was cut short due to someone’s greed and negligence. He was committing fraud. He was doing unnecessary work to her teeth that didn’t need to be done. He was taking advantage of a little girl. He was taking advantage of parents that didn’t know any better. We’re not doctors. We trust our medical professionals to tell us what would be the right thing to do for our children, and he completely took advantage of us.”
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