According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 50,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with oral cancer annually, and about 8,000 people die of oral cancer each year, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. One of the most effective ways to detect this type of cancer is to undergo a routine dental exam. A dentist’s failure to check for oral cancer can amount to negligence, and a patient whose cancer spreads or worsens may be able to hold the dentist liable through a malpractice lawsuit. Dental malpractice cases are at the heart of our practice at MeehanLaw, LLC. Our Bridgeport attorneys are dedicated to helping dental patients get compensation in the aftermath of serious injuries or illnesses, such as oral cancer, stemming from substandard dental care.
With oral cancer, like other cancers, early detection is key, which is why a dentist’s failure to check for the disease is such a critical mistake. During an exam, dentists should look for telltale signs such as:
Statistically, men are about twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, and the risk increases for anyone who smokes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says tobacco smokers are six times more likely to contract oral cancer than people who don’t use tobacco products. Those who use smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco or “snuff”) are 50 times more likely to develop the disease. Dentists should examine all patients for oral cancer and obtain full medical histories in order to be properly informed of their patients’ risk factors.
Our firm has extensive experience in all types of dental malpractice lawsuits. We represent patients whose oral cancer worsened or spread due to their dentists’ failure to identify the condition in its early stages. We also represent families wishing to pursue wrongful death lawsuits after undetected oral cancer claimed the life of a loved one. We understand the devastation oral cancer causes and we’re dedicated to lessening your burden.
The Bridgeport attorneys of MeehanLaw, LLC advise Connecticut clients on claims for a dentist’s failure to diagnose oral cancer. To arrange an initial consultation, call 203-333-1888 or contact us online.