Dental Malpractice Attorney, Wallace B. Wason, Jr. of Wallace Wason, PLLC
Wallace B. Wason, Jr. of Wallace Wason, PLLC

The dental malpractice attorneys at Wallace Wason, PLLC, are experienced in identifying and litigating cases against dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists and other dental professionals who cause inferior alveolar nerve damage and lingual nerve injuries. In our experience, injuries to these nerves can be some of the most debilitating injuries suffered by patients who contact us about potential malpractice cases against dental professionals.

Patients with these types of dental nerve injuries often experience impacts on their daily activities such as their ability to speak and eat normally, which can decrease their quality of life overall. It can affect diet, relationships, self-esteem, and family finances. Not only that, but the symptoms can last a lifetime. If you or a loved one has suffered a dental nerve injury, seeking legal recourse may be your only recourse to securing compensation for your suffering and for your medical bills. 

Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced dental malpractice attorney at Wallace Wason, PLLC. (703) 638-7717 or fill out our contact form to receive a call from our intake staff.

Two Common Types of Dental Nerve Injuries

Inferior Alveolar Nerve Injury:

The inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) is responsible for sensation in the lower jaw, teeth, and gums. Symptoms of an IAN injury may include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the lower lip, chin, or gums 
  • Pain or discomfort in the affected area 
  • Altered sensation in the teeth or gums 
  • Patients may feel as though they are drooling or have something on their face; other times they cannot feel it when they actually do have food on their chin 

Challenges in proving an IAN injury case may include:

  • Difficulty in diagnosing the extent of nerve damage, as symptoms may vary widely among individuals
  • Establishing causation between the dental procedure and the nerve injury, especially in cases involving complex surgical procedures
  • Assessing the impact of the injury on the victim’s quality of life and ability to perform daily activities

Lingual Nerve Injury:

The lingual nerve (LN) is responsible for sensation in the tongue and floor of the mouth. Symptoms of a lingual nerve injury may include:

  • Numbness or altered sensation in the tongue, floor of the mouth, or inner cheeks
  • Altered taste perception or loss of taste sensation
  • Pain or discomfort, especially while speaking, chewing, or swallowing

Challenges in proving a lingual nerve injury case may include:

  • Difficulty in diagnosing the injury, as symptoms may be subtle or masked by other dental issues
  • Establishing causation between the dental procedure and the lingual nerve injury, especially in cases involving surgical procedures near the nerve
  • Assessing the impact of the injury on speech, taste perception, and overall quality of life

Proving Causation in Dental Malpractice Cases

Establishing causation is crucial in proving a dental malpractice claim. Here are key factors to consider:

  1. Diagnostic Evidence: Imaging studies, such as X-rays, CT scans or MRI or MRI-N can help corroborate the extent of the nerve damage and its relationship to the dental procedure.
  2. Medical Records Review: Thorough examination of your dental records is essential to identify any deviations from accepted practices that may have led to the injury.
  3. Expert Testimony: An experienced dental expert must provide testimony regarding standard of care expected in the industry and whether it was breached in your case.
  4. Documentation: Keeping detailed records of your symptoms, including onset, severity, and impact on daily life, may strengthen your case and demonstrate the tangible consequences of the injury.

Our Experience in Prosecuting Dental Nerve Injury Cases

In our experience, certain types of cases tend to be more successful in securing serious compensation for victims of dental nerve injuries. Cases that involve permanent pain and numbness clearly caused by a dental professional’s substandard care are the ones that will generally lead to compensation. Some patients are left with unremitting pain and require multiple pain medications, even after attempts at surgical nerve repair. In very broad terms, the more that a dental nerve injury causes interference with daily living, the higher the verdict or settlement is likely to be.

However, there are many other variables that can affect the value of a dental malpractice nerve injury case, including the education, training, and knowledge of the dentist or dental specialist, the insurance company, the amount of the patient’s medical expenses, the communication ability of the patient and many other factors. 

Why Choose Wallace Wason, PLLC?

At Wallace Wason, PLLC we understand the complex nature of malpractice cases and the profound impact that a facial nerve injury can have on your life. Our team of seasoned attorneys specializes in navigating the intricacies of these dental injury cases, ensuring that you receive the personalized attention and dedicated advocacy you deserve. With a track record of success in representing clients in dental malpractice claims, we are committed to pursuing maximum compensation on your behalf.

Take Action Today

If you believe you have suffered a dental nerve injury due to malpractice, don’t wait to seek legal guidance. These types of cases have statutes of limitations, limiting your time to file. Contact Wallace Wason, PLLC at (703) 638-7712. We’ll provide a confidential and free consultation to discuss your options and chart a path forward towards justice and compensation.

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