An allegation or complaint could be a serious case, which is why a dental attorney is needed if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, some who thought they were guilty of the charges failed to hire a dental attorney just because they thought it’s the doom for their license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.
Unfortunately, a dentist from Austin failed to do this which resulted in disciplinary action. Take note that the Board who handles all of the cases may affect the dentist’s license from receiving the suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation. However, with the right dental attorney for the case, rest assured that the case can go according to the dentist’s favor, especially if the dentist has a good defense against the case.
On or about September 11, 2010, the dentist fell below the minimum standard of care in the treatment of her patient in that she failed to use proper diligence in reviewing the patient medical history and in obtaining medical consultation before extracting twenty-four teeth, performing a frenectomy, and an alveolectomy on all four quadrants.
Documentation in the patient Record of Admission dated December 4, 2008, of the admission diagnosis, states that the patient had cirrhosis of the liver. This diagnosis should have alerted a reasonable and prudent dentist of the possible complications associated with cirrhosis and the need to obtain the appropriate consultation for a complete understanding of the patient’s medical condition.
The documentation does not support that Respondent personally consulted patient C.V’s physician orally or in written form. The two forms in the patient records that indicate consultation with a patient’s physician were incomplete, and neither were signed by the patient’s physician.
Because cirrhosis of the liver carries the potential complication of impaired homeostasis (excessive bleeding), a patient with a history of cirrhosis requires medical consultation with the patient-physician in order to determine the degree of impairment of hepatic function. A consultation discussing this potential complication with the patient’s physician may have led to the dentist learning of patient’s thrombocytopenia and a platelet count of 31,000.
On or about September 11, 2010, the patient was admitted to the emergency room for uncontrollable oral bleeding, facial swelling and bruising. The doctor diagnosed the patient with metabolic encephalopathy, oral bleeding secondary to extractions, chronic thrombocytopenia, hyperglycemia, and liver cirrhosis. The patient was returned to her pre-morbid status and discharged from the hospital on September 15, 2010.
If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good dental attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a dental attorney who’s experienced and knowledgeable in several cases to ensure the best assistance possible.
If you also received a complaint regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a dental attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas dental attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated dental lawyers who helped various dentists in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.