A 4-year-old girl who was once healthy and normal suffered a brain injury that left her without the ability to walk, talk or see properly. The girl’s mother indicated that her daughter suffered the brain damage while visiting the dentist. When an individual like this young girl suffers a brain injury that was caused by the negligence of another party or parties, grounds may exist for a personal injury lawsuit in Maryland.
The negligent dental care she apparently received resulted in her suffering a severe brain injury, according to the out-of-state board of dental examiners who have issued a temporary suspension order on the dentist’s practice. Reportedly, the young girl visited the dentist on Jan. 7, 2016 in order to receive treatment for decaying teeth. However, after the dentist sedated the girl, she began experiencing seizures.
The dentist then attempted to treat the girl’s seizures by “administering oral medication” as opposed to contacting any emergency personnel, according to the board of examiners. The dentist then waited for several hours before eventually deciding to contact emergency personnel. As a result, the girl suffered a severe brain injury.
The mother claims that, as a result of the brain injury, her daughter can no longer talk, walk or do much of anything she used to be able to do before the visit to the dentist. She added that her daughter’s vision seems to be impaired as well, explaining that her daughter can follow people’s voices, but cannot seem to look directly at the person speaking anymore. When a Maryland resident suffers a similarly tragic experience, the victim — or the victim’s family — may choose to consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney to assess the available legal options.
Source: ABC News, “4-Year-Old Girl Suffers ‘Severe Brain Injury’ at Dentist’s Office, Documents Say“, Avianne Tan, March 14, 2016