Lynch Law Firm is currently pursuing a lawsuit against Dr. John Vecchione, an oral surgeon with North Jersey Oral, Maxillofacial and Reconstructive Surgery located in Budd Lake, New Jersey, on behalf of patients who suffered from an endocarditis infection after undergoing oral surgery.
One person has died and 14 other patients of Dr. Vecchione’s have suffered from an endocarditis infection that have been associated with a variety of safety violations that occurred during their surgery. This type of infection can lead to life-threatening cardiovascular complications.
If you have suffered from an endocarditis infection or cardiovascular issues after undergoing surgery with Dr. Vecchione at North Jersey Oral, Maxillofacial and Reconstructive Surgery, you may have a legal claim and may be entitled to compensation. Do not hesitate to contact Lynch Law Firm today to discuss your legal options.
What is Endocarditis?
Endocarditis is an infection of the heart’s inner lining or valves. It generally occurs when bacteria from other parts of the body, such as your mouth, spread through the blood stream and settle in the heart. If untreated, it can damage or destroy the heart’s valves and lead to life-threatening complications.
Suffering from an endocarditis infection is extremely rare. The risk for developing this type of infection during surgery is estimated to be one out of 14 million dental procedures, according to the NJHD. Only serious violations of infection prevention methods could lead to this type of infection.
Dangerous Safety Violations
By November 2015, the NJHD had received three reports of bacterial endocarditis, which is a rare occasion and often indicates an outbreak. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that all patients had undergone oral surgery at North Jersey Oral, Maxillofacial and Reconstructive Surgery.
Upon conducting an unannounced visit to the facility, representatives from the Mount Olive Township Health Department Communicable Disease Service of the NJDH and the Department of Law and Public Safety found a number of serious safety violations.
It was found that the facility’s infection prevention practices did not follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NJHD determined that these violations of important safety procedures likely led to the spread of the infections.
Some of the facility’s infractions included:
- The use of a single vial of medication for multiple patients
- The use multiple vials of medication in the direct patient care area
- Incorrectly storing syringes and using unwrapped, unsterilized syringes
- The failure to use sterilized products
- Storing medications in a locker in the staff restroom
- Poor hygiene practices by the staff
According to the NJHD’s final report on the investigation, the CDC is aware of more than 50 outbreaks since 2001 that have been linked to these types of unsafe injection practices.
During its investigation, the NJDOH has determined that at least 15 patients of Dr. Vecchione have suffered from endocarditis after undergoing invasive oral surgery procedures using intravenous sedation between December 2012 and August 2014 at North Jersey Oral, Maxillofacial and Reconstructive Surgery.
Twelve patients later had to undergo cardiac surgery as a result of their infection, eight of whom required a valve replacement and four of whom underwent valve debridement/repair procedures. One patient died due to complications from the infection and the resulting cardiac surgery.
Only three patients from North Jersey Oral, Maxillofacial and Reconstructive Surgery had an increased risk for developing an endocarditis infection due to preexisting conditions, but were not considered to be at high risk for developing the condition.
Lawsuit Filed by Lynch Law Firm
A lawsuit filed by Lynch Law Firm on behalf of a 23-year-old patient claims that Dr. Vecchione's facility failed to:
- Keep equipment in working condition
- Properly use, sterilize and maintain dental equipment
- Establish proper protocols and procedures
- Adequately advise the patient of the risks of the surgery
- Take an adequate medical history for patients
- Correctly interpret medical tests and x-rays
- Diagnose the patient’s condition in a timely manner
- Properly treat the patient’s condition
The lawsuit contends that Dr. Vecchione has demonstrated a negligent and careless failure to exercise the proper care and diligence that is required of his profession. Because of this, he has caused permanent damage to our client and several other patients.
Contact Lynch Law Firm Today
If you have suffered harm after undergoing oral surgery using intravenous sedation with Dr. Vecchione, we can help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering and additional medical expenses that resulted from your infection.
With decades of experience fighting for the rights of those who have been injured because of another’s negligence, our New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers have the knowledge and resources necessary to build a strong case on your behalf.
Do not hesitate to contact Lynch Law Firm today to learn more about your legal options. We offer free case evaluations and do not get paid unless you recover compensation.
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