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Patient Burns from Electric Dental Handpieces

The FDA issued a warning on December 13, 2007 regarding serious patient injuries, including third degree burns associated with the use of poorly maintained electrical dental handpieces during dental procedures. The alert followed the release of a Public Health Notification issued December 12 directed at dental health professionals warning of the potential for patient injury.

Patient Injuries Not Limited to Dentistry

Rotary handpieces are used in a variety of orthopedic and general surgical procedures to cut, shape or drill tissue. Lack of preventative maintenance and poorly lubricated bearings were to blame for incidences of overheating which caused severe injuries and burns to patients and medical personnel using the devices.

If you or someone you love has been injured, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.