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5-year-old's injuries lead to medical malpractice claim

Health care providers in New York and across the country have rules by which they care and treat patients, known as the standard of care. Claims of medical malpractice or negligence are typically based upon al alleged breach of that standard. If a substandard level of care caused harm to patients, medical care providers might be held responsible.

A dentist in another state is facing medical negligence claims that arose during the treatment of a 5-year-old girl. Reportedly, the child's parents took her to the dentist and she was anesthetized for dental treatment. According to the complaint, the dentist used a piece of equipment to smooth the child's teeth, and it is alleged that this process caused a spark that ultimately left the girl with serious burn injuries.

The parents allege the spark set fire to the throat pack that was in the child's mouth, and it took a couple of seconds to remove the burning material. She was taken to a hospital where she was treated for four days before being released. Medical reports show that the child suffered burn injuries to her lips, mouth, tongue, throat, epiglottis and surrounding areas, some of which could possibly have permanent consequences.

For any parent in New York who has to deal with a child's suffering caused by the negligence of a medical care provider, the most appropriate person with whom to consult would be an attorney. A lawyer who is experienced in dealing with medical malpractice cases can explain the legal rights of the client, and assist with gathering the necessary proof of negligence. The attorney can then present the claim in the civil court, and work toward securing recovery of documented financial and emotional damages.

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