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Proving Dental Malpractice

Skilled Bridgeport Lawyers Know How to Prove Dental Malpractice Claims

Experienced attorneys hold negligent dentists accountable in Connecticut

Dental malpractice is a type of medical malpractice. Like doctors, dentists are required to meet an accepted standard of professional care when treating patients. When they fail to meet that standard, innocent patients can get hurt or even lose their lives. At MeehanLaw, LLC, in Bridgeport, our attorneys have decades of experience proving dental malpractice claims in Connecticut courts. We fully understand the unique procedures and rules that must be followed to prevail in these cases. Our focus on this area of law and commitment to our clients has enabled us to hold negligent dentists accountable and recover significant compensation for those we represent.

What is dental malpractice?

A dentist may be liable for dental malpractice when in the course of treating a patient, he or she fails to meet  an accepted standard of care and the patient is injured as a result. The phrase “standard of care” refers to the level of care that another similarly qualified dentist would reasonably be expected to provide to a patient under similar circumstances.

Four elements of a valid dental negligence claim

An injured dental patient will need to prove four elements in a dental malpractice claim. (These are the same elements a plaintiff needs to prove in a medical malpractice case.) With the help of an experienced attorney, you’ll need to prove:

  • The dentist owed you a duty of care — You were in a dentist-patient relationship, shown by the fact that you were checked in, evaluated, operated on or received other services from the dentist.
  • The dentist breached that duty — You must show that the dentist breached the duty of care required. Expert witnesses such as other dentists are typically needed to testify as to what they would have done when treating someone in your situation.
  • Causation — You must show that you suffered an injury as a result of the dentist’s breach of his/her duty of care.
  • Damages — You must prove the type and extent of your injury. The injury must be permanent or at least long lasting. For example, if your gums were cut during cleaning, you would not have long-lasting damages and would not be able to sue.

When all four of these elements are present, you stand a strong chance of proving that the dentist (or dental staff) was negligent and that you are entitled to compensation for the harm you’ve suffered. Your attorney will need to present evidence related to your injuries, which might include medical records, communications between you and the dentist’s office, photographs and any other material related to your situation. You can assist your attorney greatly by keeping good records and being ready to provide evidence to bolster your claim.

Most dental negligence claims will settle out of court, as is common in other civil lawsuits. Occasionally, a trial will be required. In either scenario, it is critical to have an attorney who understands the complex procedures and rules governing dental and medical malpractice, which are significantly different from those governing an ordinary personal injury claim. You can count on us, a firm focused on dental malpractice, to provide the skilled counsel and strong advocacy you deserve.

Contact a skilled Connecticut injury lawyer who can prove dental malpractice

The dental negligence lawyers at MeehanLaw, LLC in Bridgeport handle dental malpractice cases on behalf of injured dental patients across Connecticut. We know what it takes to prove negligence and will work to pursue compensation that fully addresses your injuries. To schedule a consultation, please call 203-333-1888 or contact us online today.

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