Wisdom Tooth Extraction Leads to Death of 24-Year-Old Patient

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Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers say a 24-year-old man who had his wisdom tooth removed last month died three days after the procedure, according to the man’s family. Reports indicate that Marek Lapinski went into cardiac arrest during the surgery at a clinic run by Dr. Steven Paul in Temecula, Calif., according to his medical records. Lapinski’s death is still being investigated as the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner has not yet completed their examination.

According to the ambulance report, first responders were told by Lapinksi’s doctor that he started to wake up and cough during the procedure, and was then given propofol. Propofol is a surgical anesthetic, most recently known as the drug that killed singer Michael Jackson. The report also detailed that Lapinski had “surgical gauze in (his) airway,” and a “small ‘surgical cone'” that could not be removed. Lapinksi was taken to Rancho Springs Medical Center for immediate treatment and later transferred to UCLA Medical Center where he died on March 24.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Say Patients May Suffer from Dental Injuries Such as Facial Paralysis, Bacterial Endocarditis

Dental injuries may occur as a result of negligent behavior of the dentist or oral surgeon while performing dental work. In addition, misdiagnosis and/or failure to diagnose and treat a condition may also cause significant injuries. Significant injuries can include nerve damage, facial paralysis or bacterial endocarditis.

Although uncommon, injury to the mandibular (lower jaw) nerve can result following some dental procedures. Nerve damage is usually identified when a patient has experienced numbness, tingling, pain and burning, or a combination of these symptoms on one side of the face causing facial nerve paralysis.

Bacterial endocarditis is an inflammation of the inner lining of the heart (endocardium) and particularly the heart valves, due to infection. The infection can be caused by any number of microorganisms. Bacterial endocarditis can occur as a result of bacteria entering the bloodstream after a major dental procedure, such as a tooth extraction.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Philadelphia and New Jersey

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Philadelphia and New Jersey

The Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling medical malpractice cases resulting in serious injuries or death related to dental malpractice. Our extremely skilled team of medical malpractice lawyers and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you have experience nerve damage, facial paralysis or a serious infection such as bacterial endocarditis as a result of negligent care received by a dental provider, contact the medical malpractice attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.


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