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OAKLAND: Lý Trí Dũng Died During Dental Procedure at Youthful Tooth After Being Given Anesthesia


May 16, 2019

Lý Trí Dũng Oakland: 4-Year-Old Lý Trí Dũng Died Following Dental Procedure At Youthful Tooth After Being Given Two Doses Of Anesthesia –> Support The Family Through Go Fund Me 

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA (May 16, 2019) – The Dental Board of California is investigating the death of Lý Trí Dũng after he underwent a dental procedure of Youthful Tooth in Oakland. 

Oakland police are saying that Lý Trí Dũng underwent the dental procedure on April 25 and was given two doses of anesthesia. He then stopped breathing and was sent to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Despite life-saving efforts, Lý Trí Dũng later died at the hospital. 

The Dental Board of California is investigating whether or not a violation of the Dental Practice Act occurred. Lý Trí Dũng emigrated from Vietnam in 2017 and were planning to visit in the comming months. 

The family has told reporters that this tragedy has deeply affected them. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the boy’s memorial service. 

Liability In Dental Accidents

Dentists in California have a legal responsibility to give their patients reasonably skillful and careful medical care. If a doctor fails to give a patient reasonably skillful care, they may have committed malpractice. There are a number of ways dentists may have engaged in negligent conduct including:

  • Failure to diagnose dental diseases
  • Causing cosmetic damages to teeth
  • Errors in surgical procedures
  • Using sterile tools 
  • Failure to properly treat oral health conditions
  • Mistakes when administering anesthesia

California law requires parents to sign written consent forms when minors are given anesthesia. Many dentistry patients have been seriously harmed by mistakes that occurred during the administering of anesthesia. Here are just a few of the most common mistakes that occur when doctors or dentists administer anesthesia: 

  • Failure to properly monitor patients
  • Failure to properly intubate
  • Failure to properly communicate 
  • Failure to give patients the right dosage

The family of any victim that dies due to a medical error at a dental office may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, medical expenses and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. An attorney can make sure that your rights are being protected and that medical professionals are held accountable for their actions. 

Investigating A Dental Accident 

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Lý Trí Dũng. We encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page that has been set up for his memorial expenses. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of the family. This is not the first time that an accident like this has taken place. It is our sincere hope that safety measures will be put in place to help prevent additional tragedies like this. 

If you or someone that you care about has been harmed due to negligence of a dental office there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have about your rights. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the justice and support that they need. Whether you need more information about a particular incident or have legal questions we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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