A dentist and oral surgeon is facing a medical malpractice lawsuit in New Jersey from the family of a 21-year-old Hopelawn man who died in August 2005 hours after having surgery to remove his wisdom teeth. According to this news report, the lawsuit alleges that dentist John Madaras did not get medical clearance to work on Francis Keller in spite of the fact that Keller had an immune system deficiency that would have made the dental procedure lethal.
According to court papers, Keller told a dental hygienist for Madaras that he had a genetic disorder that made his throat, face and hands swell. The hygienist then called Keller’s internist, who told her specifically that the teeth extraction should not be done. At the heart of the case is whether Madaras knew about Keller’s condition and conveyed that to an oral surgeon who performed the procedure. Keller died the morning after the surgery as his airway slowly closed.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries, complications or death as a result of a medical treatment or surgical procedure, you have been a victim of medical malpractice. Errors occur in hospitals and dentists’ offices more often that we would like to believe, due to either the lack of communication, carelessness, and/or negligence. Some mistakes are irreparable as in this case where the victim died a wrongful death. But in many cases where patients experience severe complications because of medical negligence, the medical costs to fix the problem are significant. If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice in New Jersey, please call the top New Jersey medical negligence attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein for a free consultation.