Many people are afraid to go to the dentist, and it doesn’t help when you are not confident that your dentist is using the best care in your treatment. While everyone makes mistakes, there is no excuse for negligence that leads to severe injury. Lawsuits may be brought against dentists who cause direct harm because they fail to provide an acceptable standard of care.
If you believe you have been injured by a negligent dentist, you should consult with trusted legal representatives to find out how to proceed. Our personal injury attorneys have helped many clients determine whether or not to sue for malpractice. If you have been injured by your dentist, our experienced legal team can give you excellent counsel and prove you deserve compensation. So call us today!
What Injuries Commonly Result in Dental Malpractice Cases?
Dental procedures are never fun, but patients should at least expect to be treated with courtesy and utmost care. Dentists who fail to pay proper attention during procedures or who do not keep their equipment in good order may be held liable for injuries they cause.
Some common injuries that occur in dental procedures are:
- Failed extractions: Mistakes during tooth extractions can lead to broken jawbones, nerve damage, and severe infection.
- Injury due to improper use of anesthesia: Dentists should be well-trained and safe in the use of anesthesia, or serious complications could arise, including death.
- Undiagnosed disease: When a dentist fails to diagnose diseases, including periodontal disease, the patient could suffer severe and permanent damage.
- Infections: Equipment that isn’t properly sterilized or other failures to maintain cleanliness standards can cause serious infections that may lead to permanent nerve damage.
How Do I Know if I Should Sue My Dentist?
The best thing you can do to determine whether you should sue for dental malpractice is to speak with a trusted attorney about your specific circumstances. We give general guidance here, but no internet search will adequately tell you what you should do.
In general, the following items must be true for a successful dental malpractice suit:
- The dentist must owe you a duty of care, meaning there is a patient-doctor relationship.
- The dentist failed to uphold their part of the relationship by acting negligently during their duties.
- The dentist’s actions directly caused your injuries.
- Your injuries caused significant financial, physical, or emotional pain and suffering.
Can Our Personal Injury Lawyer Help You?
Bringing a lawsuit can be challenging and confusing. If you are suffering because of the injuries caused by a negligent dentist, you need trusted legal help to recover the damages you are owed. Call our law firm today to set up an appointment and discuss how we can help you by calling (703) 420-3725.