Types of Dental Malpractice
When most people think of medical malpractice, they generally picture surgical errors, failure to diagnose a serious condition such as cancer, or similar failures on the part of a physician. Few think of dentists, yet dental malpractice accounts for about one out of every eight medical malpractice lawsuits in the United States. Dental malpractice happens frequently, but victims need to make sure that their attorney has extensive experience in pursuing these types of cases, as many dentists refuse to settle out of court. This is in part due to the fact that they do not want to admit to having been negligence, and in part because their insurance policies often provide them with the right to refuse settlement. This forces the patient who has been injured to pursue a full lawsuit. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we understand that the injury that you have suffered at the hands of your dentist has cost you pain and money. We will take the time to carefully review your situation and provide you with knowledgeable advice and representation. Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss your case.
Though there are as many different ways that a dental practice can harm a client as there are services that they provide, some dental malpractice situations are more common than others. The most frequently seen types of dental malpractice include:
- Injuries suffered as a result of anesthesia being improperly administered
- Injuries suffered as a result of dental equipment being improperly sterilized and leading to infection
- Injuries suffered as a result of failure to properly diagnose and treat periodontal disease
- Injuries suffered as a result of delaying treatment of a dental condition
- Injuries suffered as a result of misdiagnosing a dental condition
- Injuries suffered as a result of inappropriately extracting teeth
Just as medical malpractice represents a failure to provide care at the level expected of other medical professionals under the same or similar circumstances, dental malpractice is defined as a departure from the standard of care expected by and of the dental community. As is also true of medical malpractice, it is not enough for a dentist to provide substandard care – they also must have caused an injury, and this is where dental malpractice can differ from medical malpractice. In dental malpractice, there are often very real injuries that do not rise to the level that warrants filing a dental malpractice lawsuit. Though a patient may suffer pain for a day or two, and may even have to seek treatment from another dentist as a result of a mistake that has been made, consideration must be given to whether it is worth it to file a lawsuit and incur the costs that will be required in pursuing it.
An experienced dental malpractice attorney will review all of the circumstances of your situation and provide you with the guidance and information you need to make the right decision. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we are here to support you and represent you in your dental malpractice case.