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    Default Taking X-Rays of a Child Without Parental Consent

    My question involves malpractice in the state of: SC

    Took 7 year old to dentist, dentist said that she needed to take 2 x-rays. Confirmed 2 x-rays before they left the room, I could not accompany because of my pregnancy. Child told me the next day that the dentist took 5 x-rays. Child told me that the dentist kept saying, "wait let me get one more, wait let me get one more". Child told dentist, during x-rays that she was only supposed to take 2 x-rays, dentist told child is OK because you are wearing a vest. Child complied.

    Dentist never informed me (mother) about extra x-rays. This is bothering me so much, should I seek legal council? And what do I need to do first? Thank you.

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    Default Re: Too Many X-Rays Without Parental Consent

    Who said that there are only supposed to be two xrays and specifically what measurable damages have you/your child suffered?

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    Default Re: Too Many X-Rays Without Parental Consent

    The dentist said and asked for my consent for 2 x-rays. After it was established that I couldn't accompany them I asked the dentist "only 2 x-rays right" the dentist said (not verbatim) "yes only 2"

    This was yesterday, there is fear of future harm from these extra x-rays.

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    Default Re: Too Many X-Rays Without Parental Consent

    You can't take legal action for something that has not happened yet and may never happen.

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    Default Re: Too Many X-Rays Without Parental Consent

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    The dentist said and asked for my consent for 2 x-rays. After it was established that I couldn't accompany them I asked the dentist "only 2 x-rays right" the dentist said (not verbatim) "yes only 2"

    This was yesterday, there is fear of future harm from these extra x-rays.
    Exactly how much more damage will 4 x-rays give, compared to 2?
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    Default Re: Taking X-Rays of a Child Without Parental Consent

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    This is bothering me so much, should I seek legal council?
    No, but perhaps you should change your name to "sue happy" and seek mental health counseling because you are blowing this way out of proportion.

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    Default Re: Too Many X-Rays Without Parental Consent

    This is not uncommon with dentists or physicians. Often the first one or two xrays don't come out as well as expected. Or sometimes something may be seen that needs to be looked at closer.

    When your son becomes a patient of a dentist or physician or goes to an ER for treatment , you agree by your signature for them to do what they feel is needed. That would be things like xrays in a dentists office, doctors office or hospital as well as other things needed to diagnosis and treat your son. Dentist and doctors do not have the time to stop and ask you before they do most routine things. If you don't trust a dentist or doctor enough to use their professional judgement, don't take your son to them.

    As cbg stated you can't get damages for something that may never happen.

    There are going to be countless times in your children's lives that you are not informed of things before they happen. You need to come to terms with not always having control. You may need counseling as adjusterjack suggested.

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    Default Re: Too Many X-Rays Without Parental Consent

    Do you know that they were different x-rays? It is possible that they child moved, and they needed to take multiple x-rays of the same view.

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    Default Re: Taking X-Rays of a Child Without Parental Consent

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    No, but perhaps you should change your name to "sue happy" and seek mental health counseling because you are blowing this way out of proportion.
    I'm not sure why you are presuming to know me outside of this one question. You should seek counseling if you think that you can make that much of a judgement call based on one question.

    I do not know, I plan on requesting the records in the morning. I'm not sure why I needed to consent to having 2 x-rays if she was able to do as many as she wanted.

    Exposure to radiation is accumulative.

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    Default Re: Taking X-Rays of a Child Without Parental Consent

    How much radiation in a dental x-ray? This should ease your concerns.

    http://www.physics.isu.edu/radinf/dental.htm

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