Defining Dental Malpractice
Dental malpractice is a form of medical malpractice. The focus is on injuries sustained during dental visits. Dental malpractice lawsuits cover a range of issues from obvious injuries or damages, to negligence. Even cases of misconduct can fall under the category of malpractice; for example, abusing or molesting patients while sedated.
Professionals in the medical field are held to standards of care. As trusted and relied upon figures, practitioners of dentistry are held to this standard of care; malpractice occurs when the dentist’s conduct does not meet the standard care required thereby leading to personal injuries or death.
Contrary to popular belief about malpractice cases, it is not always a botched procedure that caused the problem. Dental malpractice may also result from the lack of attention to other related health problems.
The dedicated and experienced attorneys at the Dental Malpractice Group can assess your case and secure the compensation you deserve after suffering with serious injuries as a result of dental malpractice.
Dental negligence and/or malpractice can include the following:
- Delayed or insufficient treatment of disease or the initial oral problem
- Delayed or insufficient diagnosis or non-treatment of a disease or the initial oral problem
- Jaw fracture or other injuries resulting from extractions and/or infection
- Improper usage of dental equipment, such as implants, drills and dental lasers which cause infection
- Permanent or temporary damage to lingual nerve injury, including tongue and inferior alveolar nerve damage, including jaw, chin and lips
- Numbness that can be temporary or become permanent
- Neglecting to inform or update patient on treatment procedure and related risks or healing aids
- Marred root canals, implants or dental bridges, infection resulting from the procedures
- Improper use of anesthesia causing complications or death
- Osteoradionecrosis following dental extractions in an irradiated jaw
- Faulty restorations leading to tooth loss
- Treatment exceeding scope of consent and “treatment” by unlicensed, phony “dentists”
Negligence on the part of dental professionals can create temporary or sometimes permanent injury. Failure to diagnose conditions or an incorrect diagnosis is malpractice that can lead to many of the following:
Injuries Resulting from Dental Malpractice
- Advanced oral cancer or periodontal (gum) disease
- Chronic or debilitating pain
- Heart attack
- Numbness and nerve related injury to face, chin, jaw, lips or tongue
- TMJ resulting from orthodontic treatment or other procedures
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Threatening infection resulting from injuries incurred during or after procedures
- Injury to teeth or gums from a faulty crown or bridge
First we obtain the complete details pertaining to the patient’s dental proceedings. Dental charts play an important role in dental malpractice cases to corroborate a patient’s story. To understand the case, it is imperative to obtain many crucial records as listed in dental charts. Xrays, prescriptions, referral slips, account history and doctor’s notes must all be scrutinized before proceeding with the case.
To verify the possibility of negligence within the records, the patient’s injuries, and the patient’s description, we collaborate with a team of renowned medical experts in the field of dentistry to handle your issue skillfully. These experts are proficient in determining whether or not the injuries are the result of negligence. If these professionals consider your case to be malpractice, the expert lawyers will educate you as to what kind of malpractice led to your injuries.
Pennsylvania Dental Malpractice Compensation and Claims
If you believe that you or a loved one suffered quantifiable damages as result of negligence by dentist, you may have grounds for a malpractice lawsuit. You have the right to obtain sound and complete compensation; this takes into consideration your current and future condition. Financial hardship as a result of treatment will likely affect you in the future. Loss of wages due to time off from work, physical or emotional suffering are part of your case.
Note that any lawsuit must be brought within a period of time set by state law. If you feel that the lawsuit may be appropriate, you should not delay discussion with attorney. Contact the Dental Malpractice Group, LLC today for your case evaluation.