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Doctor Dentist Treats Teeth Of Beautiful Young Girl PatientAs with any other medical professional, we expect a high standard of care when visiting a dentist. Unfortunately, as many Americans will tell you, this isn’t always the case. If you’ve experienced a negligent dentist, you may just have a case against them. We recommend contacting dental malpractice lawyers to start working towards compensation today. Here’s everything you need to know!

What’s Dental Malpractice and Is It Common?

In truth, the term dental malpractice has many different definitions. However, generally speaking, any problem experienced at the dentist, orthodontist, or oral hygienist will fall under the dental malpractice niche. We’ll see examples in the next section, but a study taken between 1990 and 2004 showed that reports against dentists aren’t exactly rare.

During this period, reports reached nearly 35,000 with 137 cases against dental residents. Meanwhile, there were also reports against the following:

  • Denturists
  • Dental hygienists
  • Dental assistants

Types of Dental Malpractice

For those who visit the dentist and enjoy a fairly straightforward appointment, you might be wondering how dental malpractice occurs. Some common examples include:

  • Anesthesia Complications - When a dental procedure is required, the patient will normally need anesthesia to numb the area and reduce pain. Sometimes, the wrong amount is given, and this leads to extreme pain for the patient. On the other hand, there’s a risk of giving too much and causing the patient to enter a coma or even pass away. As you can see, there are some very serious side-effects of anesthesia complications.
  • Lingual Nerve Damage - As a part of the mandibular nerve, the lingual nerve is essential for the nervous system and for facial sensation. Running between the tongue and close to the brain, damage can come from the removal of tumors, wisdom teeth, or molars. Also, we’ve seen damaged lingual nerves after anesthesia complications, implant placements, and inferior dental block injections. Normally, this leads to pain in the cheeks and/or the tongue.
  • Surgical Mistakes - For more complex operations, dentists need to use sharp instruments and one small slip can lead to serious damage. Even with a simple cleaning, this can lead to swelling, bleeding, and nerve damage. Sadly, surgical mistakes have the potential to impact our ability to talk, taste, and enjoy life.
  • Misdiagnosis - Across the whole medical world, misdiagnosis is a serious problem that affects many Americans every year. Just like doctors, dentists need to detect oral problems and treat them in the right way. There are two problems with a misdiagnosis; the incorrect treatment can cause side-effects while the real problem goes undetected and can get worse. Misdiagnosis with issues like periodontal disease and oral cancer can change a life.
  • Negligent Dentist - Finally, you can also call on the help of a dental malpractice lawyer in any case where a negligent dentist has caused harm. This could be an improper extraction, lack of supervision, poor planning, performing the wrong procedure, and not dealing with the complications that arise from treatments.

Impact of Dental Malpractice

We’ve touched on some of the adverse effects of dental malpractice, but we’ve seen many different cases over the years. In the most serious cases, the misadministration of anesthesia can cause death, and it’s the loved ones left behind who bring a case to the negligent dentist. Another serious problem when treated incorrectly is infection after surgery (this is often caused by poor aftercare or even instruments that weren’t sterilized properly during surgery).

Smaller, but still serious, issues can include permanent numbness, loss of teeth, chipped teeth, loss of taste, nerve damage, and TMJ (temporomandibular) disorder.

Building a Dental Malpractice Claim

If you’ve experienced dental malpractice, you’re probably wondering whether you have a claim against the medical professional in question. Well, there are four stages to a successful malpractice case:

Firstly, there needs to have been a dentist-patient relationship. In other words, you chose to visit their practice and they agreed to treat you as a patient.

Secondly, there needs to be a standard of care for the professional to follow. To maintain a high level of service, dentists are expected to follow regulations so that patients can expect proper treatment wherever they go.

Thirdly, you need evidence that the dentist breached this standard of care. When working with a dental malpractice attorney, you’ll prove that a responsible dentist would have acted differently. Often, we’ll bring in an expert medical witness to establish how care was breached and how the actions/inactions of the dentist caused harm.

Finally, you need to prove a link between the breach of care of the dentist and your injuries. For example, a dental patient can’t claim against a dental professional for injuries that were sustained before they even started treating you. You will only claim for the injuries caused by that specific dentist.

Obtaining Compensation

We know you’re looking for a number, but there’s no way we can guess what you’re owed without considering the details of your case. In Florida, patients who have been affected by a negligent dentist can claim for pain and suffering, medical costs, lost wages, and loss of potential future earnings.

If the injuries have forced you out of work for a period, we’ll attempt to recuperate these losses in the claim. Alternatively, the injuries may have caused additional medical bills, and this is also included.

Why Choose The Injury Firm?

As a professional dental malpractice lawyer, we have the experience you need to recover costs and get compensation for injuries caused by a dentist, oral surgeon, or orthodontist. Starting with a free case evaluation, we’ll assess your case and the breach of duty, contact an expert witness to strengthen the case, and compile all the evidence you need to obtain compensation.

At all times, our law firm will protect your rights and ensure that you don’t walk away with a package less than you deserve. Also, we have the time and money to take the case to court if no acceptable compensation package is offered. We’re passionate about helping those who have been injured by a negligent dentist, so get in touch today! 954-951-0000

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