Over a hundred injured children have now sought medical attention for serious infections and abscesses in their mouths and necks following dental procedures performed by the Children’s Dental Group in Anaheim, CA, according to news reports. The most prevalent procedure that has been performed causing the injuries was “baby root canals.” Parents are now lining up to file suit against the dental group.
“We have one client – a 4-year-old girl – who has only three teeth remaining,” said a spokesperson for one of the families.1
Details and Allegations Surrounding the Dental Clinic Lawsuits
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The following details and allegations surrounding the Children’s Dentist Group were collected from news reports and court documents:
- Several of the claims say children are currently suffering from life-threatening infections following procedures they didn’t even need.
- Most of the injuries and subsequent infections were the result of baby root canal procedures.
- One complaint filed alleges negligence, medical malpractice, medical battery, and false imprisonment.
- Still more plaintiffs allege that numerous children were exposed to bacteria contaminated water while undergoing unnecessary procedures on their baby teeth.
- One court document states that children are allegedly strapped to papoose boards or a stabilization board to prevent movement, then given root canals, tooth extractions, or crowns, while parents are kept out of the room.
- One four-year-old victim and plaintiff has tubes coming out of her chest to help administer strong antibiotics to fight infections in her tissue and bones.
- Another victim has only three teeth remaining.
- One family of an autistic child, claims their child underwent unnecessary surgery.
- Other claims say young patients had multiple procedures without any parental notice, knowledge, or consent.
- One spokesperson says often low-income, Latino communities are targeted because they have medical coverage.
- One claim alleges the clinic’s dentists performed anywhere from 80 to 100 procedures each day at a cost of between $500 and $1,000.
Can You Sue a Dentist for Medical Malpractice?
Of course, dentists can be sued. And, here’s what you’ll need to prove:
- You must prove that you suffered an injury as a result of a careless dentist’s procedure and sub-standard care.
- The negligence aspect of the medical malpractice case needs to prove four additional things:
- Duty of Care – Prove the dentist had a duty to care for his patients’ wellbeing and should follow local and industry standards.
- Breach of Duty – If a dentist fails to provide you a duty of care that is on par with industry or local standards, then there is a breach of duty.
- Prove Causation – You must prove how your dentist caused your injury. For instance, if your injury would have occurred regardless whether your dentist or another did your dental work, then you may not be able to prove causation.
- Prove Damages – If you can prove that you were injured by your dentist’s malpractice, then you can bring a case against him.
Contact a Denver Dental Malpractice Lawyer at Tomazin, Hillyard & Clor, LLP
Has your child suffered or been infected following a dental procedure that you weren’t consulted about? If so, you should contact a Denver Dental Malpractice Lawyer at Tomazin, Hillyard & Clor, LLP to find out what your legal options for recovery and justice. No family should have to experience a fraudulent or unnecessary dental procedure that seriously injures you or your child. Our attorneys are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for their careless, irresponsible and reckless actions that have harmed you or a family member.
Call us to set up a free, initial consultation at 303-835-4595 or email us using the contact form on this page – it could be the difference between getting the most from the justice system to help you recover or a long-and-painful ordeal that could wipe you out financially. You can visit us at our offices in Denver or Greenwood Village, or we’ll be happy to hold a phone conference for clients anywhere in the state.
1“Lawsuit Filed After Children Infected at Orange County Dental Clinic” published in NBC 4 Los Angeles, Nov. 2016.
2“Lawsuit Accuses Children’s Dental Group of Fraud, Medical Malpractice” published in CBS Los Angeles, Nov. 2016.