Menu
Search

Teenager dies of sepsis 4 days after dental surgery

Home
Blog
Medical Malpractice
Teenager dies of sepsis 4 days after dental surgery

Teenager dies of sepsis 4 days after dental surgery

The estate of a 17-year-old Chicago-area male who died seven days after undergoing root canal surgery at a local dental office has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that owns the office and the dentist who performed the procedure. The medical malpractice lawsuit makes a number of disturbing accusations about the dentist’s conduct during the procedure, which allegedly caused the teenager to develop the extremely rare toxic infection that took his life.

In 2011, the victim went to the Blue Island location of Dental Dreams, a chain of dentist’s offices, because he had lost a filling. The defendant dentist, who has been licensed to perform dentistry in Illinois since 2010, decided to perform root canal surgery to correct the problem.

According to the lawsuit, the dentist made several serious errors that led to the victim developing sepsis, a serious infection. For example, the dentist did not use a dental dam or other device to keep the surgical error sterile. She also allegedly used improperly sized equipment, failed to drain and seal the affected tooth, and removed the entire pulp of the tooth instead of just the infected tissue.

The teenager became ill four days after the surgery. His condition worsened and he was rushed to the hospital three days after that, where he passed away.

Another dentist and root canal expert from the University of Illinois at Chicago said that sepsis infection from root canal surgery is very rare. “It happens maybe once every 50 years,” he said. This seems to suggest that the level of medical malpractice in this case must have been unusually high.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, “Suit filed over Blue Island teen’s death after root canal,” Nov. 21, 2012

SHARE THIS POST
facebooktwittergoogle

Categories

Archives

Testimonials

Providing Legal
Solutions In An
Equitable &
Cost-Effective Manner

Related Articles

18Sep

If you’re in the process of getting divorced or are considering starting the process, you may feel overwhelmed with the number of decisions that need to be made. Many couples…

14Sep

Chicagoans look forward to the spring thaw, but the end of winter means a major challenge to drivers: Construction season. Each year, there are dozens of miles of roadway in…

04Sep

Explaining divorce to your children can be a difficult and emotional process. They may have questions about what a divorce means for their living situation and which parent they will…

Need Our Help?

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

Contact Us

Get Your Free Consultation!
  • thirteen minus one =
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Call Now Button