When patients in Illinois and elsewhere are set to undergo a medical procedure, they generally expect those performing the operation to be qualified and capable. Even in a minor procedure, the presence of negligence could place the health of the patient at risk. A family in another state has reportedly filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after a dental procedure led to the apparent wrongful death of their 2-year-old son.
According to reports, the child was scheduled to undergo a procedure to perform a root canal and place crowns on his baby teeth. However, the family claims that the person who ordered the procedure lacked the necessary qualifications to make such a decision. The lawsuit also asserts that during the procedure, a staff member ignored an alarm on a device that was set to monitor the boy's pulse and oxygen saturation.
The family also asserts that staff members failed to take the necessary precautions after bringing their son into a recovery room. He was reportedly left alone in the room without a proper source of oxygen. He passed away soon thereafter, and his family has since accused the facility of medical malpractice.
The untimely death of a loved one can be difficult to accept, especially if it should have been preventable. Those who lose someone close due to the negligent decisions of a medical professional or facility may wish to exercise their rights to pursue restitution, and they could choose to consult with an attorney for assistance in the process. An attorney can examine the incident and help a client in Illinois pursue the full amount of compensation entitled through a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties deemed responsible.