Dentists, dental hygienists, and oral surgeons have a crucial role to play in giving us beautiful smiles and promoting good oral health. Oral hygiene has even been linked to overall good health, so these medical professionals are an important part of our overall well-being.
While many people are nervous about going to the dentist, most do expect to have excellent care. In Hollywood, Homestead, Miami, and surrounding areas, there are a number of highly skilled and respected dentists, orthodontists, and other oral care specialists. In fact, people travel from all over the country and even from other parts of the world to see specialists in this area.
However, some patients don’t get the care they expect or deserve. In some cases, preventable injuries are caused by negligence in the dental office. When this occurs, patients can suffer serious injury or even lifelong problems. Common causes of dental malpractice claims include:
- Complications from anesthesia during oral surgery
- Complications from Novocain and other medications
- Incorrect drug prescriptions
- Misdiagnosis of oral diseases or cancers
- Oral nerve injuries
- Root canal injuries
- Complications after tooth extractions
- Complications involving bridges and crowns
- Wrongful death
Do I Have a Dental Malpractice Claim?
This is a type of medical malpractice claim and in order to have a case, you must:
- Have visited a dental professional as a patient; and
- Suffered a serious injury that resulted in losses; and
- Your injury must have been caused by negligence, a willful act, or recklessness.
It can be difficult to tell whether an injury was preventable or simply a mistake. Medical malpractice attorneys work with medical experts who can determine what is and isn’t reasonable care. They can prove whether a specific outcome would have been different with another dentist or oral professional.
If you have had a negative medical outcome after visiting a dentist, it may be important to consult with a personal injury attorney. The costs and difficulties following a bad medical outcome in the dentist’s office can be more serious than you think. You may face years of pain and increased medical bills if your injury is permanent. If the injury affects your oral health, you may also have difficulty eating, chewing, or even speaking. If the injury affects your appearance, it can affect your career, self-confidence, and sense of self.
A personal injury attorney can’t turn back the clock so that the injury doesn’t happen. However, he or she can pursue fair compensation for your injuries so more of your medical care, income losses, and other damages are covered. With the right compensation, you can pay for quality dental care and cosmetic procedures, if you need them. A fair settlement or court win can give you the resources you need to make the fullest recovery possible.
If you have been injured after visiting an orthodontist, dentist, oral surgeon, or any dental professional, call Flaxman Law Group or contact us online. Your first consultation with us is free and comes with no obligation, so you risk nothing. With more than 60 years of combined experience and more than $100 million recovered for our clients, our law firm works with plaintiffs who have been affected by medical malpractice.