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Parents allege dental providers performed unnecessary treatments

When health care providers in Bozeman recommend treatments to patients, those patients may likely accept that advice without any hesitation due to the trust that they place in these caregivers. Yet it should be remembered that in some cases (especially those where life-threatening complications are not involved), the suggested course of care may be based off of nothing more than a provider’s judgment. While he or she may think that erring on the side of caution is in the best interests of his or her patients, others may view such services as being excessive and potentially unnecessary.

That is the accusation being made in a fraud and medical malpractice lawsuit filed against a California dental clinic. The parents of a young boy allege that providers at the clinic performed a series of unnecessary baby root canals on the child. They also claim that rather than using anesthetic during the procedure, the boy was simply restrained. Word is now surfacing that a second lawsuit is pending against the clinic on behalf of patient who received similar treatments. This action is all coming on the heels of a breakout of infections witnessed in patients of the clinic that was linked to bacteria in water being used there. It is unclear, however, if the victims in these lawsuits experienced infections, as well.

Most tend to give medical providers the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the recommendations they receive. However, if past problems call that provider’s acts into question, then one may want to consider whether any pain or discomfort he or she is experiencing after having received care may be due to unnecessary treatments. If that’s proven to be the case, then he or she may be wise to seek the assistance of attorney in commencing action against that provider.

Source: CBS Los Angeles “Lawsuit Accuses Children’s Dental Group of Fraud, Medical Malpractice” Nov. 07, 2016

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