Megan Gallagher’s dentistry career ends with one shot
The family of a patient who died from complications from dental surgery after suffering a seizure is suing her parents, the family of Dentistry of New Jersey and a private company that performed dental procedures on her.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Newark on Wednesday, seeks damages for the medical expenses of Gallagher’s family and the loss of her ability to practice dentistry.
The suit, which was first reported by NJ Advance Media, was filed on behalf of the Gallagher family and Dentistry for New Jersey, a private dental practice that performed dentures on the patient.
The plaintiffs allege that Dentistry performed the surgeries, which were performed by Dentistry’s office and not in the Gallagher’s name, on Gallagher and her two children.
The children suffered from the condition and died from the complications, the suit said.
Dentistry’s Office of Professional Standards told the Associated Press that the dental surgeries were performed for Gallagher and a third person and did not perform the procedures themselves.
The office said it was aware of the case and would respond to the lawsuit as soon as possible.
Gallagher did not immediately return a call for comment.
The Gallaghers are seeking a temporary restraining order to stop Dentistry from performing the surgeries until a medical examiner determines that the children are not related.
Dentsistry for the New Jersey said in a statement that the surgeries were not performed by the Gallaghers, and that the company was working with the New York state attorney general’s office.
“We cannot comment on pending litigation,” the statement said.
“We look forward to working with our patients and our patients’ families to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients.”
Dentists are required to perform certain procedures on patients with a variety of conditions.
In the past, Gallagher’s father, Mark Gallagher, has sued the state of New York for failing to properly investigate and prosecute his daughter’s case.
The attorney general has said it will not prosecute Gallagher, who is a registered nurse.
Gallagher was diagnosed with the rare epilepsy disorder and seizure disorder, which are not common in children.
Her family said the medical bills were the “cost of doing business” and the cost of caring for Gallagher.
Gallager was treated at the state-run Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and at the University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill.