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Two children die under dentist's care

Too many medical malpractice claims are being made as a result of what should otherwise be considered routine care. A dentist has now had two children die during routine dental procedures. The latest involved a 3-year old boy who was put under a local anesthetic for a cavity filling procedure. This same dentist was under probation for the death of a 6-year old girl that died in 2004.

Though these incidents did not happen in Pennsylvania, the procedures used in the treatment of the young boy were of a routine nature. The two circumstances are likely to attract national attention because both of the victims were young children.

It is possible that it's merely coincidence that the two deaths occurred under the care of the same dentist. The two deaths occurred under what are described as "completely different medical circumstances." Nevertheless, since we are dealing with two deaths under procedures that every one of us will undergo several times during our lives, such occurrences require thorough investigation and answers.

If wrongdoing has occurred, steps must be taken to avoid a repeat of such incidents. Victims of medical malpractice and their attorneys often bring lawsuits against such medical providers to hopefully insure that such incidents do not occur in the future. However, proving up such claims is complicated and will require experienced attorneys in the area of medical malpractice that have litigated many of the same type of claims in the past.

It shouldn't take the death of two young children before medical providers are to be investigated for possible sloppy medical procedures.

Source: NJ, "2nd child dies under care of NJ dentist previously disciplined; state investigating," Feb. 15, 2012

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