Medical Malpractice

Dental malpractice is becoming more and more common these days. Our society has placed a high value on appearances, and it all starts with a smile. In addition, dental implants, teeth whitening, and dentures are more affordable to most people. Unfortunately, though there are lots of ways to enhance your appearance, there are a lot of dentists and oral surgeons who do not possess the proper skills to correctly provide good care and treatment and commit malpractice.

What is dental malpractice?

Dentists, oral surgeons and doctors who perform dental and cosmetic care are all required to follow certain rules to provide dental care. Doctors who don’t follow the rules and cause injuries to the patient or cause unnecessary complications or just don’t do the job right… they have committed malpractice. It does not matter that the doctor did not intend to commit malpractice or do a bad job. If they don’t follow the rules of treatment, whether its filling a cavity wrong or not possessing the skills to make dentures for our elderly population, the doctors must follow the rules. If they don’t, patients have the right to bring a lawsuit for the cost they paid for the bad treatment, and to be compensated for injuries and pain caused by the malpractice and also to be compensated for the cost of the additional treatment needed to fix the problems caused by the malpractice.

Common Types of Dental Malpractice

  • Wrong Teeth Pulled: Yes, this happens all the time. Patient incurs loss of good tooth and more costs because the correct tooth needs to be pulled.
  • Dentures: Dentures seem to attract a lot of dentists and doctors because people getting the dentures usually pay upfront. Because our society is made up of a lot of elderly dentures are commonly needed as our teeth age and get weak.
  • Infections and hospitalizations: Infections are common following dental work. Without proper antibiotics, infection can occur. Severe infection can result from malpractice and patients may need to be hospitalized.

How to Recognize Dental Malpractice

It’s probably malpractice if you weren’t told that an injury or complication could occur. Otherwise, the “that’s not supposed to happen test” is usually a good basis to talk to a lawyer who practices in medical malpractice.

Steps to Take if You’re a Victim

We have always advocated you should do whatever can be done to get your health back to normal. We do not suggest you talk to other dentists and/or doctors about the “terrible job” done or the “malpractice done” by the first dentist. Comments to a new dentist and/or doctor accusing your old dentist of malpractice could make your new dentist think if they don’t fix the problems caused by the old dentist, you’ll sue them too.

Get a second opinion from another dentist on how to fix the problem

Do not tell the new dentist you are talking to a lawyer or are going to sue your old dentist. Talk only to your lawyer about your case. Ask a lawyer or research how much time you have in order to start a lawsuit. There are deadlines to start a lawsuit from the time the malpractice was committed.

Choosing the Right Legal Representation

Selecting a legal representative with specialized knowledge in dental malpractice cases is crucial. They should have a proven track record and an in-depth understanding of both medical and legal aspects of these cases.

Role of Crosby Law in Dental Malpractice

Cases Crosby Law stands out as a beacon of hope for victims of dental malpractice. Their seasoned expertise in this niche area of law means they can navigate the complexities of these cases with precision and empathy. Discover more about Crosby Law’s approach.

Building a Strong Case

A strong dental malpractice case is built on a foundation of comprehensive evidence and authoritative expert testimonies. These elements are instrumental in establishing negligence and the resultant harm.

The Legal Process for Dental Malpractice Claims

The legal journey involves several stages, from filing a claim to navigating the intricacies of the litigation process. It’s a path often marked by complexities that demand skilled legal guidance.

Compensation and Settlements

Compensation in dental malpractice cases can cover a broad spectrum, from medical costs to emotional distress. Settlements vary based on the specifics of each case, including the extent of harm and negligence involved.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Understanding dental malpractice is crucial for safeguarding patient rights and ensuring accountability in dental care. Legal assistance, particularly from specialized firms like Crosby Law, can be a vital lifeline for those impacted, guiding them towards rightful compensation and justice.

FAQ

What exactly is dental malpractice?

Dental malpractice involves a dentist or dental professional providing substandard care that leads to harm or injury to the patient. This could include misdiagnosis, improper treatment, or negligence in practice.

How do I know if I have a dental malpractice case?

If you’ve experienced harm or injury due to a dental procedure or lack of proper care, and you believe that the standard of care was not met, you might have a case. Consulting a legal expert, especially one specializing in dental malpractice, is essential to assess your situation.

What type of compensation can I expect in a dental malpractice case?

Compensation in dental malpractice cases can include medical expenses for corrective procedures, lost wages if you’re unable to work due to the injury, and non-economic damages like pain and suffering. The amount varies based on the specifics of the case.

How does Crosby Law help in dental malpractice cases?

Crosby Law specializes in dental malpractice cases, offering legal expertise and support. They help clients navigate the complexities of the legal process, from gathering evidence to representing them in court, aiming to secure rightful compensation.