Lingual Nerve Injury Lawyers Help to Make a Serious Recovery
Lingual nerve injury lawyers help obtain compensation for victims of permanent dental nerve or tongue nerve injuries. Damage to the lingual nerve, sometimes abbreviated as LN, primarily affects sensation of the tongue because it is the primary nerve that provides sensation to the tongue and the floor of the mouth.
This facial nerve is part of the trigeminal nerve system. Injury to it can affect activities of daily living and can be permanent, affecting a person for the rest of their life.
Attorneys Experienced in Lingual Nerve Injury Cases
Wallace Wason, PLLC represents patients who have suffered permanent injuries as a result of negligence by a dentist, periodontist, oral surgeon or other dental professional. We have a history of bringing negligent professionals to account for their wrongful actions. Our legal team regularly handles dental malpractice cases involving injuries to the lingual nerve as well as other dental nerve injuries. We are experienced in what it takes to prove that malpractice or negligence is the cause of a lingual nerve injury.
This is what makes us different.
Proving lingual nerve injury is malpractice isn’t a skill that every attorney has – it has taken years of experience in handling dental nerve injury cases to learn how to review radiology and read dental records. We understand symptoms of lingual nerve injuries and how they affect your daily living. We also know how to translate that into maximum compensation from a jury or in settlement.
Why Is My Tongue Numb After Tooth Extraction?
Many people have experienced numbness when the dentist administers an injection to numb the area for a procedure. That’s the point of the injection – to anesthetize the area so that work can be completed without undue discomfort.
However, if your tongue remains numb for a prolonged period after a dental procedure, there may be a problem with or damage to your lingual nerve.
What is the Lingual Nerve?
Generally, the lingual nerve runs along the inside of the lower jaw (the mandible). It is separated from the teeth and tongue by a thin layer of bone. This area of the jaw is known as the lingual cortical plate.
The lingual nerve and its nearby mate, the chorda typmani, both provide sensation to the tongue, combined they include both feeling and taste sensation.
Symptoms of Lingual Nerve Injury
When the lingual nerve and or the chorda tympani is injured, the symptoms can include the following:
- Numbness of the tongue;
- Loss of taste;
- Altered taste;
- Biting of the tongue
- A tingling sensation in the tongue;
- Impaired speech or difficulty in speaking because the feel is different;
- Pain or burning sensation in the tongue; or
What Causes Lingual Nerve Injuries?
Generally, injuries to the lingual nerve related to dental work are caused in the course of extractions of wisdom teeth, lower jaw surgery, procedures involving the larynx or salivary glands, or removal of oral tumors.
When this nerve is injured by a dental professional, if their care hasn’t met the standard of care, it could be the basis for a dental malpractice lawsuit. Typically, lingual nerve injury cases which involve severe, unremitting pain or numbness may result in successful malpractice cases.
Contact a Contingency Fee Based Dental Malpractice Attorney
Contact us at (703) 638-7717 right away to schedule a free legal consultation. We work on a contingency basis, meaning that we don’t get paid unless you win. These types of cases have limited timeframes for filing, so don’t delay! Get the assistance you need to protect your rights and receive the maximum compensation and justice that you deserve. Call today!