Two recent tragedies involving young girls prove once again that there is no such thing as "routine" surgery.

In December, 3-year-old Finley Boyle of Hawaii died after undergoing a root canal procedure. Her parents this week filed a medical malpractice / wrongful death suit against the dentist, Lilly Geyer, alleging improper medication with incorrect dosages caused the death.

Also last month, 13-year-old Jahi McMath of California was declared brain dead following a routine tonsillectomy that triggered a series of cardiovascular problems. McMath, in a case that drew national headlines, was released from the hospital on a ventilator this week and her parents are searching for a hospice.

The two cases share heartbreaking parallels with a recent case successfully litigated by Ross Feller Casey founding partner Joel Feller. Feller obtained a $6 million settlement on behalf of the parents of Mariah Edwards, a 17-year-old who died after an uncomplicated tonsillectomy at a Montgomery County, Pa. outpatient center.

Feller's work on the case forced needed safety improvements at the Abington Surgical Center. Also as a result of the case, Ross Feller Casey has created a Post-Operation Care Checklist of things parents should ask before their children go under the knife (view checklist here).

The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Ross Feller Casey, LLP, are among the nation's leading experts in medical malpractice cases. If you or a loved one were injured as a result of a doctor or hospital error, please contact us for a free case evaluation.

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