A trip to the dentist can be an anxiety attack waiting to happen. If you are afraid of the dentist or you have suffered a traumatic experience at one, you know just how difficult it can be to deal with having your teeth taken care of. Dental malpractice can and does happen. Knowing what to do about it can be the difference between suffering injuries for a lifetime and being compensated fairly for your injuries.
What is Dental Malpractice?
Dental malpractice is similar to medical malpractice and when it occurs, you will sustain injuries caused from a dental procedure or appointment. You will find that a lawsuit can contain everything from damage and injury to neglecting to treat a condition.
Types of Dental Malpractice
There are a variety of things that can be considered malpractice and you must speak with an attorney to help you navigate your way through your case. Some of the most common forms of malpractice include:
- Fractured or broken jaw due to a dental procedure
- Delayed diagnosis or treatment
- Improperly using dental tools and equipment
- Dental problems leading to tooth loss or trauma
- Improper use of anesthesia
Can You File Suit?
When your dentist does not act with care, you can file suit against them. You trust your dental provider to properly care for your teeth and gums, and when they cross the line and don’t, they place your health at risk. Since your dentist took an oath to perform proper dental care in your best interest, when he or she does not, you can file suit.
You should have an attorney help you through the process, since you must prove that the dentist acted negligently. If you are unable to prove this, then you will lose your case. Your lawyer will be able to help you gather all of the evidence and information needed including testimony from other patients who have suffered injuries.
It can be difficult to prove that your dentist acted without care while providing treatment to you. If it is found that your dentist did act with care, but the injury still occurred, you will ultimately lose your case. If you believe you have suffered from dental malpractice or you have a dental injury that has left you in pain, contact a personal injury attorney and begin working on your case to get down to the facts.