As a medical provider, dentists are required to apply their education and skill and provide quality medical services to their patients. However, distractions, taking on a procedure that they have not been trained on or failing to properly discuss the procedure with the patient and its risks may all form the basis of a dental malpractice lawsuit. To establish your right to recovery in these cases requires that you establish the following four elements:
Your Dentist Owed You a Duty
You must be able to establish that your dentist owed you a duty. This element is not usually difficult to establish because it is implied by the dentist-patient relationship. You may also have a contract with your dentist in which he or she agrees to provide you with quality medical services in exchange for compensation. You can establish this element by providing the following documentation to your Bridgeport Connecticut dental malpractice lawyer:
Additionally, your dentist’s duty is dictated by the established standard of care, which is the standard that is expected in the dental industry for a reasonably prudent dentist in a similar locale.
The Dentist Breached the Standard of Care
The next thing you have to do is prove that the dentist breached the standard of care. This requires hiring a medical expert who can testify about what is clinically acceptable and recommended under the particular circumstances and how your dentist’s actions varied from this standard.
The Dentist Injured You
Next, you must prove that you suffered an injury because of the dentist’s mistake. It is not enough to show that the dentist deviated from the standard of care. Instead, you must show that you suffered some cognizable injury. You must also establish a cognizable link between this injury and the dentist’s breach of the standard of care. If your injury does not stem from the dentist’s actions, there is no claim on this basis.
You Suffered Damages
Finally, the injury must be one that caused you to suffer damages. For example, you must show that you incurred additional medical expenses due to the dentist’s mistake. You may have lost time from work due to the injury or sustained pain and suffering.
How Meehan Law Can Help with Your Dental Malpractice Lawsuit
Even if you were injured by a dentist, you can lose a dental malpractice lawsuit if you do not properly support your claim. An experienced dental malpractice lawyer from Meehan Law in Bridgeport, Connecticut can investigate your claim and gather evidence to directly link your injury to your dentist’s violation of the standard of care. Additionally, he or she can retain the services of a medical expert to ensure that you can substantiate your claim. For help with your claim, call us at (203) 333-1888 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.