You likely see your dentist regularly for check-ups and teeth cleaning, or maybe you had to make a special appointment for a persisting toothache.
But when a dentist, dental assistant, or dental surgeon provides treatment that falls below the acceptable standard of care that another would provide, it can cause injury.
Instances where the standard of care has been breached, and this breach resulted in an injury, would be considered to be cases of dental malpractice or dental negligence.
In dental malpractice claims, we must establish the following:
- The dentist, dental assistant, or dental surgeon and you had a physician-patient relationship,
- The dental health provider has a responsibility to a professional standard of care,
- The dental health provider breached this standard of care through either careless action or careless inaction,
- There was an injury to you proximately caused by this breach, and
- You have suffered damages, monetary and non-monetary, from this dental injury.
Typically, the dentist’s actions are compared to what other dentists would do in that situation to determine negligence. (The same would go for comparing your dental assistant to others, and for dental surgeons as well.) If you were injured by a dental health provider’s negligence, you may have a medical malpractice claim. For example, if a dental assistant used tools that were not sanitized properly and it resulted in a painful infection, this may be an instance of negligence.
Dental Malpractice Injuries
The types of injuries that result from dental malpractice can leave you with quite a bit of pain. Some of the more common dental injuries that result from negligence include:
- Nerve damage
- Loss of taste or sensation
- Unnecessary removal of teeth
- Lip or mouth disfigurement or scarring
- Failure to diagnose oral diseases or cancers
- Misreading of X-rays and other tests
- Complications with crowns, bridges, and other non-organic material
Injuries like these can leave you with pain and suffering, along with staggering medical bills, physical disfigurement, and more. Having an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney on your side can help alleviate some of the stress from your injury and work to get your life back on track.
If you have been hurt from a dental procedure because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek monetary compensation for damages associated with your injury. These could be financial damages like lost wages, medical bills, future medical expenses, or lost earning capacity. Damages could also include loss of normal life and enjoyment, undue pain and suffering, and mental anguish. It can be difficult to put a value on your injury and its effects on your life, but an experienced attorney who can evaluate the facts and understand your situation can help you figure out an appropriate number.
If your dental health provider was negligent and this negligence resulted in an injury, please contact us today at . We can discuss your options in a free legal consultation to determine if you have a dental malpractice claim. If you do, we will begin the investigation phase of reviewing medical records and bills to gather the facts so we can move forward with your case.