Getting and maintaining good oral health is an important part of having good overall medical health. Though jokes abound about visits to the dentist's office, few expect the “nightmare” of a dental visit to turn into the nightmare of medical complications. One family is now going through what one member calls a “hellish ordeal.” This is due to his daughter ending up in a coma from what should have been a routine wisdom tooth extraction.
The 23-year-old woman went into cardiac arrest during the wisdom tooth extraction procedure. She became unresponsive and although a defibrillator was used, she ended up needing to be taken to the hospital. The young woman is currently in the hospital and in a semi-coma. The term semi-coma means that she is unresponsive, but is breathing on her own.
The young semi-comatose woman is also being given nutrition through a feeding tube. Though she does open her eyes from time-to-time that is not considered as her being awake. Her family has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against her dentist who also holds a medical license. The medical and dental practitioner has voluntarily surrendered both his medical and dental licenses to the state.
Montana law allows for victims of medical malpractice to seek compensation. Victims of medical malpractice may have staggering medical expenses due to the injuries suffered and may have other related financial burdens due to the malpractice they have experienced. Negligence, a wrong diagnosis, and physician errors are just a few of the things that may constitute medical malpractice. Personal injury attorneys can help victims of malpractice understand their legal options and what legal remedies may be available to them.
Source: West Hawaii Today, “Father of coma victim describes 'hellish' ordeal,” John Burnett, May 2, 2014