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Dental Malpractice Suits: Understanding When You Can Sue Your Dentist

Dental Malpractice Suits: Understanding When You Can Sue Your Dentist

When most people think about medical malpractice, they consider mistakes made during surgery or when receiving primary care services. However, one underreported aspect of medical malpractice claims is due to the actions of dentists. According to statistics from the National Practitioner Databank, there were 1,936 adverse action reports made against dentists and dental hygienists in 2018. This represents approximately 4% of all medical malpractice claims in 2018 throughout the nation.327 of these claims were in Connecticut.

Dentists are held to the same high standard as other doctors. When a dental procedure goes wrong and a dentist injures you, you may be able to pursue compensation from the dental practice. Below, the experienced attorneys at Meehan Law, LLC discuss what you must be able to establish in order to secure your right to compensation from the dental practice.

Establishing Negligence on the Part of Your Dentist
When a health care professional does not follow the applicable standard of care that a patient reasonably expects under the circumstances and the patient is injured as a result, this is the basis of a dental malpractice claim. Common mistakes that lead to the filing of dental malpractice suits include the following:

  • Failure to diagnose a dental health condition, such as oral cancer, gum disease or tooth decay
  • Delay in diagnosis or treatment of oral disease
  • Failure to obtain informed consent
  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus perforations
  • Anesthesia errors and complications from dental anesthesia
  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Air embolisms
  • Failure to keep accurate medical records
  • Substandard TMJ or orthognathic surgeries
  • Infections requiring hospitalizations
  • Defective medical devices
  • Negligent dental working, including using the wrong equipment

These are just a few of the situations that can result in a dental malpractice suit. These situations generally involve negligent acts of the dentist. However, some forms of dental malpractice are completed intentionally, such as:

  • Failure to have an appropriate license in place to provide certain procedures
  • Insurance fraud in which the dentist completes an unnecessary procedure or recommends unnecessary treatment in order to bill your insurance company more money
  • Sexually assaulting a patient who is under the treatment of anesthesia

Whether your dentist acted in a negligent or intentional manner, the experienced legal team at Meehan Law can help you pursue maximum compensation for your claim.

Meehan Law Helps Bridgeport, Connecticut Residents with Dental Malpractice Suits
When you are injured due to the actions of your dentist or other dental professional, it is critical to the potential success of your case to work with an experienced Bridgeport, Connecticut dental malpractice lawyer. The dedicated legal team at Meehan Law, LLC can conduct a thorough investigation into your injuries and hold the dental professionals responsible for the harm they caused. Call our team at (203) 333-1888 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

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