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There are probably very few people who enjoy visiting the dentist. This is because people tend to equate a visit to the dentist with pain. But what happens if a dentist’s malpractice or other error causes you significant injury or further complications?
What does dental malpractice entail?
Most people think of “malpractice” as a procedure or treatment that a medical professional performs which causes harm to the patient. This isn’t always the case, as many procedures have certain risks. What makes it “malpractice” is when the dentist acts maliciously, recklessly, performs a procedure outside of the scope of their license, or whose treatment falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community.
Any serious injury caused by the failure of a dentist (or orthodontist) to take proper care of a patient may be cause for a dental malpractice lawsuit. Some of the situations that have previously led to large malpractice awards against dentists include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Permanent nerve damage.
- Negligently completed crowns and bridges that ultimately caused complications.
- The failure of dentists to take the medical history of patients into consideration before developing a treatment plan.
- Failing to detect oral diseases such as cancer or periodontal disease.
- Complications that result from anesthesia (even in cases where the patients signs a release).
- Performing multiple extractions that are unnecessary.
- Extraction of incorrect teeth.
It doesn’t matter what your personal situation might be, it will be necessary to provide proof of more than just short-term pain or a visit that should not have been necessary. In order to file a successful dental malpractice lawsuit in Dallas, you will need to provide documentation that shows the harm is significant enough to warrant a sizable reward if the case goes into court (i.e., you must have significant damages [losses] in which you are attempting to recover).
It’s important to keep in mind that laws vary among the states, so it will be necessary to consult with a lawyer in order to determine whether your claim may be worth pursuing. It is also helpful to understand tort reform laws in Texas, and how that may hinder your ability to successfully pursue a medical malpractice case in some situations.
What to look for in a dentist malpractice lawyer.
While there are a couple of Dallas law firms who accept dental or dentist malpractice cases, you should confer with your attorney about his or her previous litigation experience and the details about previous settlements he has obtained for clients. These tasks are important when you consider the fact that as many as one out of every seven medical malpractice cases that are filed in the US directly involve dental malpractice.
Rasansky Law Firm has nearly 30 years of experience litigating injury cases in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys about your case, call us for free at 1-877-405-4313.